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A Theory of Contestation by Antje Wiener

By Antje Wiener

The Theory of Contestation advances serious norms study in diplomacy. It scrutinises the makes use of of ‘contestation’ in diplomacy theories in regards to its descriptive and normative power. as a consequence, serious investigations into diplomacy are performed in response to 3 considering instruments from public philosophy and the social sciences: The normativity premise, the range premise and cultural cosmopolitanism. The ensuing idea of contestation includes 4 major positive aspects, particularly different types of norms, modes of contestation, segments of norms and the cycle of contestation. the speculation distinguishes among the main of contestedness and the perform of contestation and argues that, if contestedness is authorised as a meta-organising precept of worldwide governance, commonplace entry to contestation for all concerned stakeholders will improve valid governance within the worldwide realm.

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1996). It was first and foremost considered with explaining and/or understanding policy choices (for example about organisational design), political decisions (for example about membership or cooperation) or acknowledging a general acceptance of fundamental principles of international law (such as, for example human rights). When constructivist empirical research was able to demonstrate that norms have an impact on how states behave in international relations, norms research became a respected trademark approach in International Relations theories.

The implementation stage) are not directly connected. e. the referring stage) provides an empirical access point to explain why this is so, and under which conditions ‘design’ and ‘compliance’ might match. The referring stage sheds light on the puzzle that while fundamental norms enjoy wide acceptance both by signatories of international treaties as well as with the wider public, the standardized implementation of these widely accepted norms is contested on the ground on behalf of the designated norm-followers.

E. processes of constitutionalisation that unfold without being explicitly bound by states (Wiener and Oeter 2011; Wiener et al. 2012). Finally, theories of International Law have demonstrated a concern with the substantive change a norm undergoes over various stages of development from social via emergent legal norms to legal norms (Byers 2000; Toope 2003; Brunnée and Toope 2010a, b and critically; Finnemore 2000). Norms play a central role as constitutive, regulative and evaluative elements for each of these theories.

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