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Revista de Sociologia e Política
On-line version ISSN 1678-9873
KRASNER, Stephen D.. Structural causes and regime consequences: regimes as intervening variables. Rev. Sociol. Polit. [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.42, pp.93-110. ISSN 1678-9873. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-44782012000200008.
International regimes are defined as principles, norms, rules and decision making procedures around which actor expectations converge in a given issue area. As a starting point, regimes have been conceptualized as intervening variables, standing between basic causal factors and related outcomes and behaviour. There are three views about the importance of regimes: conventional structural orientations dismiss regimes as being at best ineffectual; Grotian orientations view regimes as an intimate component of the international system; and modified structural perspectives see regimes as significant only under certain constrained conditions. For Grotian and modified structuralist arguments, which endorse the view that regimes can influence outcomes and behavior, regime development is seen as a function of five basic causal variables: egoistic self interest, political power, diffuse norms and principles, custom and usage, and knowledge
Keywords : International Regimes; Intervening Variables; Behavior; Grotianism; Modified Structuralism.