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From Democratization to International Organizations

From Democratization to International Organizations

Chapter:
(p.21) Chapter Two From Democratization to International Organizations
Source:
Organizing Democracy
Author(s):
Paul PoastJohannes Urpelainen
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226543512.003.0002

This chapter begins our theoretical exploration of the link between democracy and international organization membership. The chapter opens by discussing the limitations for newly democratic states on joining existing IOs. For example, accession to the most lucrative existing IOs is often too difficult and demanding for fragile democratizing states. Consequently, transitional democracies are often left with no choice but to form their own IOs. The chapter then argues that while this strategy also presents a variety of challenges, it offers the government of a transitional democracy a feasible strategy for generating tangible benefits and promoting democratic consolidation. In the medium to long term, successful IO formation allows the government of a transitional democracy to seek access to lucrative existing IOs.

Keywords:   forming organization, joining organization, accession criteria, stepping-stones

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