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International Organizations and Internal Conditionality

Making Norms Matter

About this book


This book explores how norms-based international organizations, namely the Council of Europe and the OSCE, are still able to win in world politics. Fawn uses the concept of internal conditionality to explain how these organizations have been able to respond to members with a lack of material incentives or instruments of coercion.


International organisations internal conditionality European security post-Soviet politics Europe international organizations politics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of St AndrewsUK

About the authors

Rick Fawn is a Senior Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, UK. He has recently edited Georgia: War and Revolution and Globalising the Regional, Regionalising the Global and is co-author of Historical Dictionary of the Czech State.

Bibliographic information


“Rick Fawn has chosen for this book an interesting point of view which complements greatly the vast literature on international conditionality…. All in all, this is a very interesting study that Fawn offers on a less known aspect of conditionality, namely internal conditionality, contrary to most IR studies which focus on external conditionality.” (Elsa Tulmets, European Review of International Studies, Vol. 4, 2017)

“International Organizations and Internal Conditionality: Making Norms Matter by Rick Fawn is a well researched and informative book on international organizations … . The book is appealing and keeps the reader hooked with liberal quotes, excerpts from reports and interviews. ... This book is an informative read for all scholars and policy makers, and a ‘must read’ for scholars with a special focus on international organisations, Europe and post-Soviet studies.” (Priyanka Chhetri, Political Studies Review, Vol. 14 (1), February, 2016)

“Fawn, in this useful book, speaks about ‘Internal Conditionality’ as a concept that adds a new element for the study of interaction among international organisations (IOs) and member states. … this book will remain a path-breaking investigation in the analysis of international and domestic interactions. In particular it succeeds in bringing new data and concepts to address the latest topics in democratisation studies … .” (Samuele Dominioni, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 67 (8), October, 2015)

“Fawn’s book offers insights into the ways in which two understudied organizations function in practice. The book reminds us that norm diffusion can and does continue to occur within organizations even in the face of recalcitrant states…. Fawn’s conceptualization of internal conditionality indicates that all member states should be subject to the same accountability , whether they are “well-behaved” or not.” (Heidi Hardt, Journal of International Organizations Studies, Vol. 6 (1), 2015)

“Rick Fawn … has written an important book. His expertise in security and democratization processes in Central and Eastern Europe is demonstrated on each and every page. He started his academic studies as a student of history, and this shows as well. The book evidences a sound comprehension of the historical context in which these organizations operate, and there is plenty of attention to what other scholars of international law and international relations might view as minor details.” (Otto Spijkers, Security and Human Rights, Vol. 25 (4), 2014)