Pursuing Effective Multilateralism: The European Union, by R. Kissack

By R. Kissack

Does ecu participation within the multilateral method bring about the aim of potent multilateralism? This ebook examines eight multilateral businesses, displaying how ecu guidelines damage the businesses they suggest to aid. The multilateral process is simply too heterogeneous for a one-size-fits-all process; we needs to comprehend multilateralism operating in perform.

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Four clusters of research emerge from this body and for the sake of clarity they will be mapped in their respective groups. The first cluster seeks to appraise the EU’s ambition of effective multilateralism by scrutinising the evidence it provides for its success, such as the widely circulated headline statements that ‘more than 1000 internal EU coordination meetings are conducted each year’ and that EU voting cohesion ‘which has stood at around 95 per cent of all resolutions passed by the UNGA since the mid-1990s’ (European Commission 2004: 11–12).

2 However, despite the appearance of overall harmony between the tripartite membership suggested by such consistent results, voting blocs often develop with transnational employers being the most likely to register dissatisfaction with a convention by choosing either to abstain or vote against its adoption. Oftentimes they are more supportive of recommendations in line with their ideological position favouring softer regulation over the binding commitments of conventions. By contrast, workers are more likely to vote for the adoption of conventions and recommendations, seeing all such measures as in the interests of their constituents.

In 1995 the Minister for Employment (Rt Hon. 5 One of these instruments, the 1996 Seafarers’ Hours at work convention (C180), was rejected at the time by the UK government but subsequently ratified in 2001, while other instruments were acceptable to both other EU governments and to UK employers’ and workers’ delegates, convincingly ruling out an ‘ideology’ based reason. Strategic voting and free riding Governments practise both ideological and political protests because they are under pressure from domestic political actors scrutinising 36 Pursuing Effective Multilateralism their voting record, be they trade unionists, industrialists or national parliaments.

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