The Democratizing Effects of Multilateral Organizations: A Cautionary Note on the WTO

Elsig, Manfred (2013). The Democratizing Effects of Multilateral Organizations: A Cautionary Note on the WTO. World trade review, 12(3), pp. 487-507. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S147474561200050X

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The field of international relations has been obsessed with democracy and democratization and its effects on international cooperation for a long time. More recently, research has turned its focus on how international organizations enhance democracy. This article contributes to this debate and applies a prominent liberal framework to study the ‘outside-in’ effects of the World Trade Organization. The article offers a critical reading of democratization through IO membership. It provides for an assessment of the dominant framework put forward by Keohane et al. (2009). In doing so, it develops a set of empirical strategies to test conjectured causal mechanisms with respect to the WTO, and illustrates the potential application by drawing on selected empirical evidence from trade politics. Finally, it proposes a number of analytical revisions to the liberal framework and outlines avenues for future research.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

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

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:

1474-7456

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Manfred Elsig

Date Deposited:

23 May 2014 09:30

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 18:04

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S147474561200050X

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.49448

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/49448

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