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1997a:153). ” (Meyer 2000:239). Partly linked to the expansion of rights, an expansive structuration within the different nation-states has taken place, which means that they have become responsible for more and more areas of life and begun to correspond with – that is, structure – political activities. Examples are the worldwide establishment of welfare arrangements, globally spread environmental policies, and science bureaucracies (Collier and Messick 1975; Meyer and Hannan 1979; Finnemore 1996a; Meyer et al.
Individuals rely on these models when they act, drawing on cultural concepts linked to individualism. Institutions in fact most often constitute those parts of the social world that seem most familiar and obvious to us. Among the various institutions established by world culture, some, namely rationality, functionalism, and individualism, are the most central ones, and they are deeply embedded in our daily life. When we approach the world, we simply assume that rationality is the right way to analyze the surrounding environment, while a belief in spiritualism or other nonrational approaches would immediately be suspicious to most of us.
Discursive dissemination is thus a very important instrument of international organizations, in particular because it often precedes the other instruments. Ideas pave the path for following policy initiatives and they are also the first element of political change. A currently important international idea is, for example, the internationally acknowledged importance of fighting corruption, redefining local practices as criminal (for example, Rosenau 2003:349–68; Andreas and Nadelmann 2006:55–6).