Intergovernmental Organizations

  • Cédric GroulierEmail author
  • Simon Tordjman
Part of the The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy book series (SPIRP)


The literature on diplomatic practices often remains rooted in a state-centric perspective, looking at IOs (international organizations) merely as negotiating arenas prolonging State foreign policies. Looking at diplomatic practices rather than functions officially attributed to IOs, this chapter argues that IOs do make a specific contribution to diplomacy. Despite the fact that the legal personality of IOs has only been acknowledged belatedly, their autonomy and representative power have been increasingly asserted in recent times. In practice, through their growing influence on international interactions as well as the prescriptive and strategic use that these institutions make of cognitive resources, they often go beyond the neutrality they may claim and contribute to shaping the practices as well as the objects of negotiations.


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  1. 1.Sciences Po ToulouseToulouseFrance

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