The Hidden World of Multilateralism? Treaty Commitments of Newly Democratized States in Europe

Milewicz, Karolina; Elsig, Manfred (2014). The Hidden World of Multilateralism? Treaty Commitments of Newly Democratized States in Europe. International Studies Quarterly, 58(2), pp. 322-335. Blackwell 10.1111/isqu.12112

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Why do new EU democracies engage in multilateralism? The dominant explanation proposes that new democracies use international treaties to lock in domestic reforms. This article offers a novel explanation as to why new EU democracies participate in multilateral treaties. We argue that ratifying a treaty serves three external signaling purposes (addressing recognition concerns; increasing strategic autonomy, and pleasing the EU). We test our argument through a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods. First, we apply event history analysis. Drawing on a new ratification data set comprising 76 multilateral treaties, we illustrate the prominent role of new EU democracies in multilateralism as compared to other new democracies. Second, to assess the importance of external signaling in the decision to ratify multilateral treaties, we examine parliamentary ratification debates in selected Central and Eastern European countries. Third, we compare parliamentary discussions across European and non-European new democracies to demonstrate the different motives driving their approaches toward multilateralism.

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:

0020-8833

Publisher:

Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Manfred Elsig

Date Deposited:

28 Aug 2014 16:10

Last Modified:

31 May 2017 12:37

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/isqu.12112

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.49458

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/49458

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