Why States Act through Formal International Organizations

@article{Abbott1998WhySA,
  title={Why States Act through Formal International Organizations},
  author={K. Abbott and D. Snidal},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  year={1998},
  volume={42},
  pages={3 - 32}
}
States use formal international organizations (IOs) to manage both their everyday interactions and more dramatic episodes, including international conflicts. Yet, contemporary international theory does not explain the existence or form of IOs. This article addresses the question of why states use formal organizations by investigating the functions IOs perform and the properties that enable them to perform those functions. Starting with a rational-institutionalist perspective that sees IOs as… Expand
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