Implementation and World Politics: How International Norms Change Practice

Hardcover | August 17, 2014

EditorAlexander Betts, Phil Orchard

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A significant amount of International Relations scholarship examines the role of international norms in world politics. Existing work, though, focuses mainly on how these norms emerge and the process by which governments sign and ratify them. In conventional accounts, the story ends there.Yet, this tells us very little about the conditions under which these norms actually make any difference in practice. When do these norms actually change what happens on the ground? In order to address this analytical gap, the book develops an original conceptual framework for understanding the roleof implementation in world politics. It applies this framework to explain variation in the impact of a range of people-centred norms relating to humanitarianism, human rights, and development. The book explores how the same international norms can have radically different effects in different national and local contexts, or within particular organizations, and in turn how this variation can have profound effects on people's lives. How do international norms change and adapt atimplementation? Which actors and structures matter for shaping whether implementation actually takes place, and on whose terms? And what lessons can we derive from this for both International Relations theory and for international public policy-makers? Collectively, the chapters explore these themesby looking at three different types of norms - treaty norms, principle norms, and policy norms - across policy fields that include refugees, internal displacement, crimes against humanity, the use of mercenaries, humanitarian assistance, aid transparency, civilian protection, and the responsibilityto protect.

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A significant amount of International Relations scholarship examines the role of international norms in world politics. Existing work, though, focuses mainly on how these norms emerge and the process by which governments sign and ratify them. In conventional accounts, the story ends there.Yet, this tells us very little about the condit...

Alexander Betts' research focuses on the international politics of refugees, migration, and humanitarianism, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. His recent books include Forced Migration and Global Politics (2009), Protection by Persuasion: International Cooperation in the Refugee Regime (2009), Refugees in International Relations (wit...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:August 17, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Alexander Betts and Phil Orchard: Introduction: The Normative Institutionalization-Implementation GapPart I: Treaty Norms2. Alexander Betts: From Persecution to Deprivation: How Refugee Norms Adapt at Implementation3. Michael Bluman Schroeder and Alana Tiemessen: Transnational Advocacy and Accountability: From Declarations of Anti-Impunity to Implementing the Rome Statute4. Sarah Percy: The Unimplemented Norm: Anti-Mercenary Law and the Problems of Institutionalization5. Urvashi Aneja: International NGOs and the Implementation of the Norm for Need-Based Humanitarian Assistance in Sri LankaPart II: Principled Norms6. Phil Orchard: Implementing a Global Internally Displaced Persons Protection Regime7. Jennifer M. Welsh: Implementing the 'Responsibility to Protect': Catalyzing Debate and Building Capacity8. Brian L. Job and Anastasia Shesterinina: China as a Global Norm-Shaper: Institutionalization and Implementation of the Responsibility to Protect9. Emily Paddon: Peacekeeping in the Congo: Implementation of the Protection of Civilians NormPart III: Policy Norms10. Catherine Weaver and Christian Peratsakis: Engineering Policy Norm Implementation: The World Bank's Transparency Transformation11. Miriam Anderson: From Principle to Policy: The Emergence, Implementation and Re-Articulation of the Right to Post-Conflict Property Repossession12. James Milner: The Implementation of 'Integrated Approaches' in the UN System: Lessons from Tanzania and Burundi13. Scott D Watson: Institutionalizing and Implementing the Disaster Relief Norm: The League of Red Cross Societies and the International Relief Union14. Anna Schmidt: Status Determination and Recognition15. Alexander Betts and Phil Orchard: Conclusions: Norms and the Politics of Implementation