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Implementation and World Politics: How International Norms Change Practice

Alexander Betts and Phil Orchard


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 role of imple ... More

Keywords: implementation, norms, international relations, refugees, migration, humanitarianism, internal displacement, United Nations, global governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712787
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Betts, editor
Associate Professor, Department of International Development, University of Oxford

Phil Orchard, editor
Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland

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