International Organizations

Andrea Ribeiro-Hoffmann

in International Relations

ISBN: 9780199743292
Published online March 2011 | | DOI:
International Organizations


The definition and role of international organizations vary along different analytical approaches and might include international governmental organizations (IGOs), nonprofit international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs), and for profit international nongovernmental organizations, the latter also usually referred to as multinational corporations (MNCs). This article covers IGOs, organizations created by sovereign states to conclude an international treaty. IGOs must be seen as different from other forms of international cooperation between sovereign states given their high level of institutionalization and judicialization, and their multilateral characteristics. Other widely accepted defining aspects of IGOs are whether their membership is open to all states (global IGOs) or only a group of states (regional IGOs), and whether their competences are issue-specific or comprehensive. The sections and subsections of this article address these aspects.

Article.  8394 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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