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Organizing DemocracyHow International Organizations Assist New Democracies$
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Paul Poast and Johannes Urpelainen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226543345

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226543512.001.0001

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From Democratization to International Organizations

From Democratization to International Organizations

(p.21) Chapter Two From Democratization to International Organizations
Organizing Democracy

Paul Poast

Johannes Urpelainen

University of Chicago Press

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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