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Are Sanctions Meant to Work? The Politics of Creating and Implementing Sanctions Through the United Nations

Global Governance, Vol. 9, pp. 503-518, 2003

14 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2008  

Simon Chesterman

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Beatrice Pouligny

Sciences Po

Abstract

Do sanctions work? The jury remains out on this question, but two preliminary issues bear further examination also. What are sanctions intended to achieve? And do states actually want sanctions to work? These essentially political questions depend on two discrete dynamics that are the subject of this article, which focuses on sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council. The first is the political context of the Council and how the intentions of key actors are channelled into sanctions regimes. The second is the political economy in which those sanctions operate. Through a survey of UN practice over the past decade the two areas are examined in turn, followed by an examination of how to advance debate both inside and outside the United Nations.

Keywords: sanctions, United Nations

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Chesterman, Simon and Pouligny, Beatrice, Are Sanctions Meant to Work? The Politics of Creating and Implementing Sanctions Through the United Nations. Global Governance, Vol. 9, pp. 503-518, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1119103

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Beatrice Pouligny

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France

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