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Interests, power, and multilateralism
Multilateralism characterizes, to varying degrees, patterns of interaction among states and the formal organizations they construct. The utility of multilateral norms or organizations varies with the
The Promise of Institutionalist Theory
In his usual direct way, John J. Mearsheimer has sharpened the theoretical issues dividing realist from institutionalist theory, and for this service we are grateful. We are also pleased that he has
Democratic Commitments: Legislatures and International Cooperation
Preface vii CHAPTER 1 Introduction 3 CHAPTER 2 Theoretical Framework: Legislatures, Executives, and Commitment 21 CHAPTER 3 Institutions and Influence: Executive Agreements and Treaties 53 CHAPTER 4
Coercive Cooperation: Explaining Multilateral Economic Sanctions
When Saddam Hussein's army invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990, the United States took the lead in organizing stringent economic sanctions against Iraq. Since unilateral sanctions rarely succeed,
Theories and Empirical Studies of International Institutions
Studies of international institutions, organizations, and regimes have consistently appeared in the pages of International Organization. We review the theoretical and empirical work on international
Legalization, Trade Liberalization, and Domestic Politics: A Cautionary Note
If the purpose of legalization is to enhance international cooperation, more may not always be better. Achieving the optimal level of legalization requires finding a balance between reducing the
Delegation and Agency in International Organizations: Distribution, information, and delegation to international organizations: the case of IMF conditionality
States delegate authority to international organizations (IOs) for many reasons. Incentives to delegate fall under the general heading of informational concerns, such as monitoring behavior or
Credibility, Costs, and Institutions: Cooperation on Economic Sanctions
The conditions under which states will cooperate to impose economic sanctions are of both theoretical and practical interest. Generally, when sanctions are used, one state takes the lead in
Challenges to the Liberal Order: Reflections on International Organization
Abstract As International Organization commemorates its seventy-fifth anniversary, the Liberal International Order (LIO) that authors in this journal have long analyzed is under challenge, perhaps as
International organizations and institutions
and institutions (IIs) have become an increasingly common phenomenon of international life. The proliferation of IOs, the growth in treaty arrangements among states, and the deepening of regional