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International Law and the Future of Freedom$
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John H. Barton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776691

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776691.001.0001

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(p.9) Chapter One Prolegomenon
International Law and the Future of Freedom

John H. Barton

Stanford University Press

This chapter explores the shift of power to international organizations, the meaning of freedoms in a multilevel context, and the incrementalism through which the international order is being built and through which freedoms can be protected. It begins by reviewing these areas and then exploring the possibility of dividing sovereignty. The chapter then looks at the specific processes that are shifting power to international organizations and the factors that strengthen or weaken international institutions, looking at those factors deriving from the interests of the member governments, and at those deriving from citizen loyalty to the different levels. Next, it considers some of the practical issues that affect the sustainability of dividing governmental responsibility, and, finally, draws lessons for the analysis of the current global governance system.

Keywords:   multilevel governance, international organizations, freedoms, international order, incrementalism, governmental responsibility, global governance system

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