Campus Units

Political Science

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

1979

Journal or Book Title

The American Political Science Association

Volume

73

Issue

2

First Page

494

Last Page

504

DOI

10.2307/1954893

Abstract

In this study, we evaluate whether the increase in the number of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) has resulted in their increased use for foreign policy behavior by the nations of the world. This question is examined in three related ways: (1) the aggregate use of IGOs for foreign policy behavior; (2) the relationship between IGO membership and IGO use; and (3) the kinds of states that use IGOs. Our data base consists of the 35 nations in the CREON (Comparative Research on the Events of Nations) data set for the years 1959-1968.

The main findings are that IGOs were employed over 60 percent of the time with little fluctuation on a year-by-year basis, that global and "high politics" IGOs were used more often than regional and "low politics" IGOs, that institutional membership and IGO use were generally inversely related, and that the attributes of the states had limited utility in accounting for the use of intergovernmental organizations. Some of the theoretical implications of these findings are then explored.

Comments

This is an article from The American Political Science Review 73 (1979): 494, doi:10.2307/1954893. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Political Science Association

Language

en

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application/pdf