Frames and Consensus Formation in International Relations: The Case of Trafficking in Persons

European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 21, Pg. 323, 2015

U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 16-39

30 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2016

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Volha Charnysh

Princeton University, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance

Paulette Lloyd

Indiana University - Bloomington

Beth A. Simmons

University of Pennsylvania

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

This article examines the process of consensus formation by the international community regarding how to confront the problem of trafficking in persons. We analyze the corpus of United Nations General Assembly Third Committee resolutions to show that: (1) consensus around the issue of how to confront trafficking in persons has increased over time; and (2) the formation of this consensus depends upon how the issue is framed. We test our argument by examining the characteristics of resolutions’ sponsors and discursive framing concepts such as crime, human rights, and the strength of enforcement language. We conclude that the consensus-formation process in international relations is more aptly described as one of ‘accommodation’ through issue linkage than a process of persuasion.

Keywords: Human rights, international consensus, trafficking in persons, transnational crime, United Nations, General Assembly, Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee, Third Committee, Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, TIP Protocol

Suggested Citation

Charnysh, Volha and Lloyd, Paulette and Simmons, Beth A., Frames and Consensus Formation in International Relations: The Case of Trafficking in Persons (2015). European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 21, Pg. 323, 2015; U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 16-39. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2860807

Volha Charnysh

Princeton University, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance ( email )

Princeton, NJ
United States

Paulette Lloyd

Indiana University - Bloomington ( email )

Ballantine Hall 744
1020 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103
United States

Beth A. Simmons (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

3501Sansom
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
7817990076 (Phone)

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