Who Is in Love with Multilateralism? Treaty Commitment in the Post-Cold War Era

Elsig, Manfred; Milewicz, Karolina; Stürchler, Nikolas (2011). Who Is in Love with Multilateralism? Treaty Commitment in the Post-Cold War Era. European Union politics, 12(4), pp. 529-550. Sage Publications 10.1177/1465116511419869

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Since the end of the Cold War, multilateral treaties have again become a central vehicle for international cooperation. In this article, we study states’ commitment to 76 multilateral treaties concluded between 1990 and 2005. The article offers a systematic account of present-day multilateral treaty-making efforts and asks what explains variation in states’ participation as witnessed in the act of treaty ratification.We test existing explanations and provide a novel argument that accounts for the strong participation of new European democracies in multilateral treaties. We find that regime type and being part of the European Union (EU) strongly affect treaty ratification. New EU democracies, in particular, are much more likely to ratify multilateral treaties than are other new democracies.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Elsig, Manfred

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1465-1165

Publisher:

Sage Publications

Language:

English

Submitter:

Manfred Elsig

Date Deposited:

01 Sep 2014 10:11

Last Modified:

31 May 2017 12:44

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1465116511419869

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.49439

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/49439

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