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Opening the Doors to the WTO Dispute Settlement: State Preferences on NGO Access as Amici
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2012 (English)In: Swiss Political Science Review, ISSN 1420-3529, Vol. 18, no 2, 175-198 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Greater access and inclusion of civil society is a possible means of increasing participation in international governing processes and thus enhancing the democratic legitimacy of global governance. Yet, opening the doors of an international organization to civil society is often controversial. At the core of such controversies are costs and benefits that may arise from the inclusion of civil society. The aim of this article is to explore the opening of international organizations doors to civil society actors, emphasizing states preferences. To explore state preferences on civil societys access, this article looks at the WTO dispute settlement process and amici submissions, and asks: what factors shape states preferences to allow civil society actors access? Drawing from a unique dataset on state preferences on amici submissions to the WTOs dispute settlement process, I argue that state preferences are shaped by the capacity to manage costs of civil society access.

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2012. Vol. 18, no 2, 175-198 p.
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Civil Society, International institutions, International law, Governance, State
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-79902DOI: 10.1111/j.1662-6370.2012.02065.xISI: 000305506000003OAI: diva2:551745


Available from: 2012-09-12 Created: 2012-09-11 Last updated: 2012-09-12Bibliographically approved

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