Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Underdal, Arild
Location University of Oslo
Primary Field Human Environmental Sciences
Secondary Field Social and Political Sciences
 Election Citation
Underdal has transformed our understanding of what kinds of global environmental agreements work, and why. These seminal insights are grounded in his pioneering work on the effectiveness of international negotiations, cooperation, and institutions. His contributions to theory, methods, databases and training continue to shape modern scholarship on global governance regimes.
 Research Interests
Underdal's contribution to the study of international cooperation has focused on three main aspects: diagnosing problems, assessing potential 'cures', and measuring regime effectiveness. In diagnosing problems he has supplemented established political economy categories such as global 'collective goods' and search for actor 'private' interests. In assessing potential 'cures', he has emphasized the role of political science as a partner filling gaps in natural science and economics. In measuring effectiveness his main interest has been to determine how much of potential collective gains are in fact delivered by an existing international regime.

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