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Welcome to PROM — The Peer Review Observatory Maastricht

Peer reviews among states are increasingly widely used as an instrument of global governance: Think about the work of the OECD, about the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review that seeks to change the observance of human rights for the better, or about the variety of peer reviewing schemes in the European Union, called the Open Method of Coordination in EU jargon.

Yet, while there are many peer reviews, some of them are taken more seriously than others. How can we explain this? How and why do some peer reviews among states acquire authority, while other peer reviewing schemes do not?

The research project presented on these pages answers this question by looking at nine different peer reviewing schemes. These schemes are organised in three different organizational contexts (EU; OECD; United Nations family) and in four policy areas (the fight against corruption; human rights; environmental and energy policy; macroeconomic policies).

The project is hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University.
It is funded by the Dutch Organisation for Academic Research (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek — NWO)  under its prestigious Innovational Research Incentive Scheme (VIDI).

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