Democracy & Governance

Q+A with Kathryn Sikkink
2019. “Q+A with Kathryn Sikkink.” Communique: The Magazine of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 23, 12-13. Publisher's Version
Patterns of Dynamic Multilevel Governance and the Insider-Outsider Coalition
Sikkink, Kathryn. 2005. “Patterns of Dynamic Multilevel Governance and the Insider-Outsider Coalition.” Transnational Protest and Global Activism, edited by Donatella Della Porta and Sidney Tarrow, 151–73. New York: Rowman and Littlefield. Publisher's Version
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Khagram, Sanjeev, James V. Riker, and Kathryn Sikkink, ed. 2002. Restructuring World Politics: Transnational Social Movements, Networks, and Norms. University of Minnesota Press. Minneapolis. Publisher's Version
Finnemore, Martha, and Kathryn Sikkink. 1998. “International Norm Dynamics and Political Change.” International Organization 52 (4): 887–917. Publisher's Version Abstract
Norms have never been absent from the study of international politics, but the sweeping “ideational turn” in the 1980s and 1990s brought them back as a central theoretical concern in the field. Much theorizing about norms has focused on how they create social structure, standards of appropriateness, and stability in international politics. Recent empirical research on norms, in contrast, has examined their role in creating political change, but change processes have been less well-theorized. We induce from this research a variety of theoretical arguments and testable hypotheses about the role of norms in political change. We argue that norms evolve in a three-stage “life cycle” of emergence, “norm cascades,” and internalization, and that each stage is governed by different motives, mechanisms, and behavioral logics. We also highlight the rational and strategic nature of many social construction processes and argue that theoretical progress will only be made by placing attention on the connections between norms and rationality rather than by opposing the two.
The Emergence, Evolution, and Effectiveness of the Latin American Human Rights Network
Sikkink, Kathryn. 1996. “The Emergence, Evolution, and Effectiveness of the Latin American Human Rights Network.” Constructing Democracy: Human Rights, Citizenship, and Society in Latin America, edited by Elizabeth Jelin and Eric Hershberg, 59–84. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. Publisher's Version