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Are Regional Organizations the 'Parties' in the United Nations General Assembly? Comments on a Misconception

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  • Nicolas Burmester, Danmark
  • Michael Jankowski, University of Oldenburg, Tyskland
In the field of international relations, regional organizations (ROs) are not only assumed to play an important role in the regional context, but also on the international level. A growing number of studies analyze ROs’ voting behavior in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in a similar way to the analyses of parties in national parliaments. In this paper, we reflect on the question whether ROs can be treated as ‘political party’-like entities. First, based on literature on political parties and legislative voting, we develop two criteria to evaluate ROs in the UNGA. Second, we analyze UNGA voting by using W-NOMINATE in order to check where ROs position themselves in the political space of the UNGA. Third, we analyze the voting unity of selected ROs using one inflated beta regression, focusing on the question whether ROs are able to maintain their level of voting unity in contested votes. The empirical analyses highlight that, if at all, only the EU can be perceived as a ‘party-like’ actor in the UNGA.
Udgivelsesårsep. 2014
Antal sider24
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2014
BegivenhedECPR General Conference - Glasgow, Storbritannien
Varighed: 3 sep. 20146 sep. 2014
Konferencens nummer: 8th


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