McKenzie Ratner

McKenzie Ratner

PhD candidate

Department of International Relations

About me

My research focuses on how incentive structures during and after accession to an International Organization may motivate states not only to comply with international law, but to exceed it. Focusing on the areas of employment, social, and environmental policy, my thesis adopts a large-N comparative perspective analyzing the determinants of over-compliance in the European Union and International Labour Organization. In addition to my own research, I work as a research assistant for Dr. Ulrich Sedelmeier, studying the impact of national and European party affiliations on sanction votes in the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. I also serve as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate course IR203: International Organizations.

During my master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science, my research focused on the impact of accession to the European Union on the structure of parental leave systems in the Baltic states. Prior to coming to LSE, I was a Baker Scholar at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and served as a research assistant on a project examining the drivers and determinants of international maritime piracy.

Research topic

Rethinking Over-Compliance in Global Institutions: Employment and Environmental Policy in an International Context

Teaching experience

IR203 International Organisations (LSE)

Academic supervisor

Dr Ulrich Sedelmeier


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Expertise Details

International Institutions; International Political Economy; Quantitative Methods; Gender & Politics; Politics of the European Union; Compliance and Conditionality