How Ideas Spread: Whose Norms Matter? Norm Localization and Institutional Change in Asian Regionalism

@article{Acharya2004HowIS,
  title={How Ideas Spread: Whose Norms Matter? Norm Localization and Institutional Change in Asian Regionalism},
  author={Amitav Acharya},
  journal={International Organization},
  year={2004},
  volume={58},
  pages={239 - 275}
}
Questions about norm diffusion in world politics are not simply about whether and how ideas matter, but also which and whose ideas matter. Constructivist scholarship on norms tends to focus on “hard” cases of moral transformation in which “good” global norms prevail over the “bad” local beliefs and practices. But many local beliefs are themselves part of a legitimate normative order, which conditions the acceptance of foreign norms. Going beyond an existential notion of congruence, this article… Expand
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