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International Organizations and Small States: Participation, Legitimacy and Vulnerability

Jack Corbett, Xu Yi-chong, and Patrick Weller


Multilateralism and the institutions of global governance are premised on two norms: the sovereignty equality of states and the right to development. This book considers how actors interpret these norms when practicing diplomacy by examining the interaction between international organisations (IO) and the proportion of their membership who should benefit the most from a rules-based order: small states. The IO’s dilemma is that while their founding principles require them to be responsive to all members, increased participation threatens effectiveness. The small states’ dilemma is that while a ... More

Keywords: International Organisations, Small States, Participation, Legitimacy, Vulnerability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781529207682
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529207682.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Corbett, author
University of Southampton

Xu Yi-chong, author
Griffith University

Patrick Weller, author
Griffith University