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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Multilateralism
Multilateralism
David M. Malone Rohinton P. Medhora
Introduction

Multilateralism, defined as the process of organizing relations between groups of three or more states, operates under three general principles (Scott, 2015).1 One is indivisibility, which in modern parlance is termed nondiscrimination among all contracting parties. A second is reciprocity, meaning an obligation to provide equivalent (not equal and not necessarily immediate) benefits to partners in the agreement. A third is often the willingness and ability of all contracting parties to enforce the rules, processes and norms of the agreement in ways that promote the settlement of disputes.

Multilateralism is an operational concept, a living laboratory for the practice of a key set of international relations. In a ...

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