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Orchestrating enforcement: international organizations mobilizing compliance constituencies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
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2015 (English)In: International Organizations as Orchestrators / [ed] Kenneth W. Abbott et al., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, 166-188 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The most broadly shared conclusion in scholarship on dispute settlement, legalization and compliance over the past two decades is probably the virtue of granting private actors access to international courts and tribunals. Yet for all its benefits, private access is not a universally available and effective institutional design option. This chapter shows that IGOs sometimes compensate for these limits by turning to a strategy of orchestration, and identifies the conditions under which this takes place. Where procedures for private enforcement are lacking, orchestration can offer a substitute, as when IGOs independently create mechanisms for compliance complaints. Where such procedures exist but private actors face resource barriers, orchestration can offer a complement, as when IGOs provide funding and training to potential litigants. This chapter argues that orchestration of enforcement in both its variants will only happen when three necessary conditions are fulfilled: a) IGOs lack sufficient capabilities to effectively enforce compliance through other governance means; b) private actors hold privileged information about state compliance; and c) IGOs enjoy a capacity for independent action, as shaped by entrepreneurial resources and state oversight.

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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 166-188 p.
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122901ISI: 000360916500007ISBN: 978-1-107-44269-6ISBN: 978-1-107-08220-5OAI: diva2:868725
Available from: 2015-11-11 Created: 2015-11-11 Last updated: 2015-11-11Bibliographically approved

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