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The democratization of international organizations

First International Democracy Report 2014

Eds. Giovanni Finizio - Lucio Levi - Nicola Vallinoto

Routledge, 2014

The democratization of international organizations is a theme increasingly debated all over the world. This is the first work on international democracy that systematically assesses the dynamics of democratization affecting most international organizations. Consisting of chapters written by experts in the field, it integrates a large number of case studies with incisive and wide-ranging analysis to produce a volume unparalleled in comparative scope.

Each chapter provides a wealth of analysis of the democratization of the major international, regional and interregional institutions of the world, including their history, structure and development with regard to power and governance, judiciary, human rights, gender issues, supranationality, relations with civil society, etc.

The book is the result of a transnational research project promoted by the Centre for Studies on Federalism, involving more than 30 researchers from all over the world.


Table of Contents 

Foreword by Robert Palea



1. Preface  - Giovanni Finizio, Lucio Levi and Nicola Vallinoto 

2. Introduction - Lucio Levi

3. The Legal and Political Status of International Parliamentary InstitutionsClaudia Kissling

PART II - Universal Organisations

4. United Nations - Giovanni Finizio

5. World BankTina M. Zappile

6. International Monetary FundJonathan R. Strand

7. World Trade OrganizationAlexia Herwig  

8. International Labour OrganizationJill Jensen

9. Inter-Parliamentary Union - Claudia Kissling

PART III - Regional Organisations 


10. The Democratisation of the European Union: Historical and Theoretical Aspects - Mario Telò

Box 1. Benelux

11. European Union: the Process Towards SupranationalityLucia Serena Rossi

Box 2.  Central European Iniziative

12. The Democratisation of the European UnionDawid Friedrich

Box 3. Nordic Council


13. African Union (AU) - Stephen S. Kingah

14. Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)Hélene Gandois

15. West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)Kama Tapè Berengér

16. Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)Angela Meyer

17. Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CAEMC)Angela Meyer

18. East African Community (EAC)Korwa G. Adar

19. Southern African Development Community (SADC) - Andreas Godsäter

Box 4. Arab Maghreb Union


20. South American Common Market (MERCOSUR)Mariana Luna Pont

21. Andean Community (CAN) - Dayanna Sanchez Rodriguez

22. Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) - Nicolas Comini

23. Central American Integration System (SICA) - Giannis Papageorgiou

24. Caribbean Community (CARICOM)Tamara Brown-Onnis

25. North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)Jordan Bankhead

Asia and Oceania

26. Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN)Herman Joseph S. Kraft

27. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)Deepshikha Shahi

28. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)Jordan Bankhead

29. Pacific Islands Forum (PIF)Chris Hamer


PART IV - Interregional Organisations

30. Council of Europe (CoE)Kundai M. Sithole

Box 5. Arctic Council

31. EU/ACP PartnershipAndrea Cofelice

Box 6. International Organization of La Francophonie

32. League of Arab States (LAS) Nadine Mourad Sika

Box 7. Council of Baltic Sea States

33. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)Marek Madej

Box 8. Organisation of Black Sea Economic Co-operation

34. Organization of American States (OAS) - Marcos Aurélio Guedes de Oliveira

Box 9. Organization of Islamic Cooperation

35. Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) - Julinda Beqiraj

36. Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC)Alexander Libman


37. Autonomous Interparliamentary Assemblies Edited by Laura Roscio

Amazonian Parliament

Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum

Association of Senates, Shoora and Equivalent Councils in Africa and the Arab World

Baltic Assembly

Central European Initiative

Indigenous Parliament of America

Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy

Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas

Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean

Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas



38. Civil Society Movements and Campaigns for International Democracy - Nicola Vallinoto

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