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Norms Without the Great Powers

International Law and Changing Social Standards in World Politics

Adam Bower

Norms Without the Great Powers

Norms Without the Great Powers

International Law and Changing Social Standards in World Politics

Norms Without the Great Powers

 

This book explores the nature of power in world politics, and the particular role that law plays in defining the meaning and deployment of power in the international system.


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Beschrijving Norms Without the Great Powers

Can multilateral treaties succeed in transforming conduct when they are rejected by the most powerful states in the international system? In the past two decades, coalitions of middle-power states and transnational civil society groups have negotiated binding legal agreements in the face of concerted opposition from China, Russia, andmost especiallythe United States. These instances of a so-called 'new diplomacy' reflect a deliberate attempt to use the language of
international law to bypass great power objections in establishing new global standards. Yet critics have frequently derided such treaties as utopian and counter productive because they fail to include those states allegedly most capable of effectively managing complex international cooperation. Thus
far no study has offered a systematic, comparative study of the promise, and limits, of multilateralism without the great powers. Norms Without the Great Powers addresses this gap through the presentation of a novel theoretical account and detailed empirical evidence regarding the implementation of two archetypal cases, the antipersonnel Mine Ban Treaty and International Criminal Court. Both treaties have substantially reshaped expectations and behaviour in their respective domains,
but with important variation in the extent and breadth of their impact. These findings provide the impetus for assessing the prospects for similar strategies on other topics of contemporary global concern. This book offers a timely addition to the dynamic and growing literature on the practice and consequences
of international governance and should appeal to academics, civil society experts, and foreign policy practitioners working in fields such as security, human rights, and the environment.


ISBN
9780198789871
Pagina's
320
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NUR
754
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

Politicologie




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