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Opening the doors to the WTO dispute settlement: state preferences on ngo access as amici

Squatrito, Theresa Jeanne ORCID: 0000-0002-6726-7629 (2012) Opening the doors to the WTO dispute settlement: state preferences on ngo access as amici. Swiss Political Science Review, 18 (2). 175 - 198. ISSN 1424-7755

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1662-6370.2012.02065.x


Greater access and inclusion of civil society is a possible means of increasing participation in international governing processes and thus enhancing the democratic legitimacy of global governance. Yet, opening the doors of an international organization to civil society is often controversial. At the core of such controversies are costs and benefits that may arise from the inclusion of civil society. The aim of this article is to explore the opening of international organizations’ doors to civil society actors, emphasizing state’s preferences. To explore state preferences on civil society’s access, this article looks at the WTO dispute settlement process and amici submissions, and asks: what factors shape states’ preferences to allow civil society actors access? Drawing from a unique dataset on state preferences on amici submissions to the WTO’s dispute settlement process, I argue that state preferences are shaped by the capacity to manage costs of civil society access.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Swiss Political Science Association
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2019 10:21
Last Modified: 30 May 2024 05:09

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