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11:30 - 13:00 11 February 2015

Contested multilateralism


Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre | (link Map)
25 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AY | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Robert O. Keohane, Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University

‚ÄúContested multilateralism‚ÄĚ describes the situation that results from the pursuit of strategies by states, multilateral organizations, and non-state actors to use multilateral institutions, existing or newly created, to challenge the rules, practices, or missions of existing multilateral institutions. It occurs when coalitions dissatisfied with existing institutions combine threats of exit, voice, and the creation of alternative institutions to pursue policies and practices different from those of existing institutions. Some institutions are winners from the process of contested multilateralism; others may lose authority or status. Although we do not propose an explanatory theory of contested multilateralism, we do suggest that this concept provides a useful framework for understanding changes in regime complexes and the strategies that generate such changes.


Monica Barbone
+44 (0)20 3108 9289 | m.barbone@ucl.ac.uk


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