Date of Degree

6-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Political Science

Advisor

Stephanie R. Golob

Subject Categories

International Relations

Keywords

International Relations, International Maritime Organization, International Labor Organization, International Shipping

Abstract

In many respects, international shipping represents the physical embodiment of globalization. It ties states together via the exchange of raw materials and finished goods in ways that inspire important questions about power distributions, trade, growth, global governance, jurisdiction, policy coordination, sovereignty, and regimes. Although shipping is a space that can be used to illustrate many International Relations ideas, it has been understudied in International Relations. This thesis argues that the international shipping regime complex produces suboptimal outcomes because it has inefficient and peculiar design features. Specifically, it locates the responsibility to enforce rules in states that lack the ability to do so and gives authority to make rules to actors that have clear conflicts of interest. Regional efforts have corrected the location of authority to enforce rules but have ultimately not been able to overcome the inefficient outcomes the regime complex produces.

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