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Credible Commitments and International Organisations: Democratic Clauses in Regional Integration Organisations

Carlos Closa Montero
Universidad Autònoma de Madrid – Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos del CSIC
Carlos Closa Montero
Universidad Autònoma de Madrid – Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos del CSIC

Abstract

Why do regional organizations contain a democratic clause for membership and/or suspension of rights? This paper explores the rationalistic hypothesis of credible commitments: states bind themselves to these international commitments to raise the cost of domestic actors aiming at an antidemocratic evolution.