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Conditions of democracy-enhancing multilateralism: expansion of rightsprotections in Europe?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (Transdemos)
2012 (English)In: Review of International Studies, ISSN 0260-2105, E-ISSN 1469-9044, Vol. 38, no 4, 707-733 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As argued in a recent article by Keohane, Macedo, and Moravcsik, 'democracy-enhancing multilateralism' highlights the potential ways in which international organisations can enhance domestic democracy. The thesis raises an important question about the conditions which shape the likelihood that multilateralism will have such democratising effects. This article responds to the question of conditionality, looking at one way in which democracy may be improved by multilateralism-through the expansion of rights protections. That is, under what conditions will domestic democratic processes garner an improved ability to protect rights as a result of a state's participation in multilateral institutions? Using most likely empirical cases - the European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe (COE) - this article argues that three conditions affect the likelihood that rights expansion will result from multilateral legal institutions. Together the compatibility between the international legal principle and pre-existing domestic law, legal mobilisation, and the precision and obligation of the international law have significant affect on the likelihood of rights expansion. The unique contribution here is a set of conditions that helps to understand when and where rights are likely to expand as a result of a state's participation in international organisations.

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2012. Vol. 38, no 4, 707-733 p.
Keyword [en]
rights, multilateralism, democracy
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82191DOI: 10.1017/S0260210512000149ISI: 000310384800002OAI: diva2:567063
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2012-11-12 Created: 2012-11-11 Last updated: 2013-01-04Bibliographically approved

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