International Organizations 10/30/2012 11:02:00 AM
Realism: the importance of power
Constructivism: the importance of ideas
Liberalism: the importance of choice (agency)
What are int'l orgs and why do we have them?
Int'l orgs can be made up of intergovernmental orgs and nongov orgs.
Exist around issues and or regions
UN—global in nature
ASEAN—regional in nature
International Committee of the Red Cross
Int'l Olympic Committee
o Prisoners Dilemma: how do you know what the other is going to do? How
do you know that they know not to talk?
Reduce transaction costs
o If there is an existing forum, then it is easier to resolve problems
Enables IO members to:
o Express legitimacy (as a function of being present and accepted into
o Establish and enforce norms and int'l law
o IOs can act as a neutral community representative
o Legitimize actions (launder otherwise contentious political actions)
Benefits for members
o Int'l Stability
UN is a symbol
You are a member of a community and you have a
responsibility to that community.
UN is a forum
Place to meet
UN is a mechanism
The int'l organization can be