Junior Workshop 5:
International Influences on Domestic Politics
This junior workshop examines the efforts of international actors - states, international organizations, and transnational and international non-governmental organizations - to influence or alter the behavior of other countries toward their own citizens. International actors marshal a wide variety of tools to influence domestic policy and politics: foreign aid, advocacy and social pressure, economic sanctions, international law, armed intervention, direct service provision, and local training and capacity building, among others. Readings in the workshop will focus on research articles that seek to understand when and why international actors engage in efforts to reshape politics in other countries and assess the effects of those efforts. We will use these readings as examples of quality research in political science, focusing in particular on the types of research design challenges confronting these studies and the researchers' effectiveness in addressing those challenges.
A wide range of research questions on the politics of international intervention can be pursued in this workshop. Some examples include: What explains where international non-governmental organizations choose to work? Why do some countries give more official development aid than others? Under what conditions do peacekeeping missions reduce civilian casualties? Do economic sanctions reduce human rights abuses? When and why do foreign powers intervene to stop civil wars? Why does the American public support intervention in some humanitarian crises but not others?