Most of my research is oriented around the questions of the functioning of international institutions. I study how institutions' functioning is affected by their design.
  • On the theoretical and conceptual level, I work on a general framework for the understanding of how institutions' design relates to their functioning and under what conditions formal institutional design can at all have an effect on how institutions work. I develop and build on the concept of institutional capacity that captures the institutions' ability to secure that all the relevant information is transmitted among the cooperating actors. Some of my findings so far have been published in New Political Economy (2018) , in Comparative European Politics (2018) , in The Review of International Organizations (2017), in the Journal of European Integration (2015), and in several other articles listed in the section Publications.

  • Empirically, I focus on two areas. First, I have been working lately a lot on international public administrations, within my Czech Science Foundation funded project Global bureaucracy: The politics of international organizations staffing. Second, I maintain a keen interest in how the design of the international trade regime (the World Trade Organization) affects the outcomes of liberalization talks within the Doha round, and on the functioning of the WTO Trade Policy Review Mechanism.

  • Methodologically, I combine in my research various approaches although most of my work has a prominent quantitative element. To increase the transparency of my research, I make the relevant background material of my research available on the Data & downloads page. I conduct quantitative analysis mostly with the use of the statistical package R, but I also like Python a lot.

Ⓒ Michal ParÝzek