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International Organizations and Small States

Participation, Legitimacy and Vulnerability

By Jack Corbett, Xu Yi-chong and Patrick Weller

Published

Oct 19, 2021

Page count

248 pages

ISBN

978-1529207682

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 19, 2021

Page count

248 pages

ISBN

978-1529207729

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 19, 2021

Page count

248 pages

ISBN

978-1529207729

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
International Organizations and Small States

International Organizations (IOs) are vital institutions in world politics in which cross-border issues can be discussed and global problems managed.

This path-breaking book shows the efforts that small states have made to participate more fully in IO activities. It draws attention to the challenges created by widened participation in IOs and develops an original model of the dilemmas that both IOs and small states face as the norms of sovereign equality and the right to develop coincide.

Drawing on extensive qualitative data, including more than 80 interviews conducted for this book, the authors find that the strategies which both IOs and small states adopt to balance their respective dilemmas can explain both continuity and change in their interactions with institutions ranging from UN agencies to the World Trade Organization.

“This books casts light on the interactions between small states and IOs. It makes a great contribution to the body of research on how small states deal with capacity-constraints and adds novel insights on how IOs respond to such size-related challenges. It is a must-read for scholars and practitioners interested in small states in international organizations.” Diana Panke, Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg

“This book provides an answer to the million dollar question: why IOs and big powers put up with small states. A brilliant analysis on strategies of small states in IOs.” Baldur Thorhallsson, University of Iceland

“For the first time, we have a book that brings the perspectives of two different actors into conversation – small states and international organisations. A relationship built on legitimacy, relevance and influence. This is an essential read for all practitioners and scholars interested in the future of multilateral diplomacy.” George Carter, The Australian National University

Jack Corbett is Professor of Politics at the University of Southampton.

Patrick Weller is Professor Emeritus at Griffith University.

Xu Yi-chong is a Professor at Griffith University.

1. Introduction

Part I: Actors

2. Why Do IOs Encourage the Participation of Small States?

3. Why Do Small States Engage with IOs?

Part II: Interactions

4. Differentiated Vulnerabilities, Climate Change and the UN Agencies

5. Differentiated Development in the IMF, the WBG, and the WTO

6. Expanding the Agenda at the WHO and the WIPO

7. Conclusion