About the Project
- Project Aim
TANNRE asks how inter-institutional arrangements manage norm conflicts and, thus, impact the development and content-related design of the norm of sustainability.
In 2015, the UN adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a part of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The issue of food connects all of the SDGs. Goal 2 aims for the end of hunger, the achievement of food security and sustainable agriculture. However, goal attainment is hampered by fundamental norm conflicts, e.g. between sustainability and food security. The research project proposes a theoretical concept to analyze norm contestation and management in the global regime complex for food. It connects critical IR norm theory with regime complex studies to systematically assess norm conflicts within regime complexes. The theoretical concept differentiates norm contestation at the macro-level of core institutions of the regime complex (FAO, UNEP, WHO, WTO) and the micro-level of inter-institutional arrangements (e.g., the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the Sustainable Rice Platform, and the Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture Systems).
The project applies a qualitative case study design based on the analysis of documents from central international institutions in the global regime complex for food and the three selected inter-institutional arrangements. The project also conducts a series of expert interviews based on a structured and semi-standardized questionnaire adapted to a pre-established guideline. The interviews are carried out with representatives of international institutions and inter-institutional arrangements, stakeholders of the public and private sectors as well as agents of the civil society. Finally, the systematic and comparative data analysis is conducted through a qualitative content analysis applying the qualitative data analysis.