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International Security Institutions: Rules, Tools, Schools, or Fools?

John S. Duffield

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548460
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199548460.003.0032

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 International Security Institutions: Rules, Tools, Schools, or Fools?

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This article centres on two issues. The first is with regards to those features that distinguish International Security Institutions (ISIs) from international institutions in other issue areas. The article argues that ISIs may be usefully differentiated on the basis of two fundamental analytical distinctions that are especially relevant, if not unique, to security affairs. The second issue is related to the significance of ISIs. It also examines the four leading theoretical perspectives that provide varying and conflicting assessments of the degree to which international institutions matter.

Keywords: International Security Institutions; analytical distinctions; security affairs; significance; theoretical perspectives; international institutions

Article.  8772 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations ; Comparative Politics

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