International norms and domestic politics

TitleInternational norms and domestic politics
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsCheckel, JT

Main Argument: I introduce a distinction between compliance with and diffusion of norms; domestic political institutions structure the latter process and help predict when norms with constrain, as opposed to constitute agents. I argue that the mechanisms of norm diffusion vary as a function of domestic structure, with four categories of such structures identified – liberal, corporatist, statist and state-above-society. From these, I deduce and predict cross-national variation in the echanisms through with international norms are empowered. (477).