Michele Micheletti

Shaming in World Politics

This proposal pertains to the organization of an international workshop on the topic of "Shaming in World Politics," planned to take place at Stockholm University, May 19-20, 2016. In the absence of centralized enforcement in world politics, shaming by states, non-government organizations (NGOs), and international organizations (IOs) has emerged as an increasingly prominent strategy for achieving compliance with international rules and norms. Yet, despite growing research on this topic in recent years, shaming as a process remains poorly understood. How should shaming best be conceptualized? Who engages in shaming, against whom, and with what success? Under what conditions is shaming most effective as a strategy for inducing compliance? This workshop will explore shaming in world politics with a focus on three principal themes: the choice of shaming, the politics of shaming, and the effectiveness of shaming. While existing research has tended to focus on shaming by NGOs, this workshop will also cover shaming by states and IOs. The workshop will be organized as a combination of key-note presentations and paper presentations. The key-note speeches will be delivered by Professor Judith Kelley, Duke University, and Professor Frank Schimmelfennig, ETH Zürich. The ambition of the workshop is a joint special issue of a leading international peer-review journal.

The workshop "Shaming in World Politics" brought together the leading scholars in USA and Europe on the topic of shaming in world politics. Naming and shaming has become a central issue in world politics. The lack of centralized enforcement mechanisms in international arena makes naming and shaming an attractive influence strategy for many actors in world politics. Yet, we know little about its effectiveness in making states - and other actors - to comply with their international obligations. The initiative brings together well-known scholars in a joint project intended to result in a special issue in the journal Review of International Studies.

May 19

08:45 Coffee

09:15 - 9:45 Welcome
Faradj Koliev and Jonas Tallberg

9:45 -11:15 Panel 1: Sources and Mechanisms of Shaming in IR

Chair: Christer Jönsson

Fears of Peers? Explaining Peer and Public Shaming in Global Governance
Valentina Carraro, Thomas Conzelmann, and Hortense Jongen
Discussant: Giovanni Mantilla

Shaming Torture: Narrative Contestation and Evolving Norms in two British Counterterrorism Campaigns
Frank Foley
Discussant: Balazs Szent-Ivany

11:30 -12:30 Lunch at the Faculty Club

12:45 - 13:45 Keynote

Rhetorical action: Norms, Arguments, and Shaming
Frank Schimmelfennig

13:45 - 15:15 Panel 2: Interstate Shaming

Chair: Judith Kelley

Shaming in International Law-Making: Social Opprobrium and the Origins of International Rules
Giovanni Mantilla
Discussant: Mor Mitrani

Shaming in Interstate Politics: Advocacy by Non-Permanent Security Council Members during the Rwandan Genocide
Kseniya Oksamytna
Discussant: Frank Foley

15:15 - 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 - 17:15 Panel 3 Mapping and Explaining Variation in Shaming

Chair: Thomas Conzelmann

Evolution of Shaming
Baekkwan Park, David R. Davis, Amanda Murdie
Discussant: Thomas Conzelmann

We Condemn: Naming and Shaming by International Organizations, 1980-2015
Magnus Lundgren, Thomas Sommerer, Theresa Squatrito
Discussant: Andreas von Staden

18:30 Dinner

May 20

09:30 - 10.30 Keynote

Scorecard Diplomacy: The Power of Reputation as a Tool in the US Fight against Human Trafficking
Judith Kelley

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:15 Panel 4: The Impact of Shaming and its Conditionality

Chair: Jonas Tallberg

Effects of Peer Shaming: The Impact of the Practices of the Committee of Ministers on Compliance with ECTHR Judgments
Andreas von Staden
Discussant: Thomas Sommerer

Shaming Aid Donors into Compliance? European Development NGOs and the Promotion of International Development Norms
Balazs Szent-Ivanyi and Peteris Timofejevs-Henriksson
Discussant: Magnus Lundgren

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch at the Faculty Club

13:45 - 15:15 Panel 5: The Politics of Shaming
Chair: Thomas Sommerer

Who's in and who's out: The International Community as a De-legitimization Device Mor Mitrani
Discussant: Baekkwan Park

Selecting for Shame: The Monitoring of Workers' Rights by the International Labour Organization, 1989 to 2011
Faradj Koliev and James Lebovic
Discussant: David R. Davis

15:15 - 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:30 Lessons Learned and Next Steps
Judith Kelley, Amanda Murdie, Jonas Tallberg


Conzelmann, Thomas Maastrich University
Davis, David R. Emory University
Foley, Frank Kings's College, London
Hedley, Nicolas University of Geneva
Jongen, Hortense Maastrich University
Jönsson, Christer Lund University
Kelley, Judith Duke University
Koliev, Faradj Stockholm University
Lebovic, James H. George Washington University
Lundgren, Magnus Stockholm University
Mantilla, Giovanni CIDE, Mexico City
Minnella, Carlotta University of Oxford
Mitrani, Mor Freie Universität Berlin/Hebrew University
Murdie, Amanda University of Missouri
Oksamytna, Kseniya University of Warwick
Park, Baekkwan Emory University
Schimmelfennig, Frank ETH Zurich
Sommerer, Thomas Stockholm University
Szent-Ivanyi, Balazs Aston University
Tallberg, Jonas Stockholm University
Timofejevs-Henriksson, Peteris Södertörn University
Carraro, Valentina Maastrich University
von Staden, Andreas University of Hamburg

Additional practical information

Workshop Venue: Room 702, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University. Address: Universitetsvägen 10F. Take the subway one stop from "Tekniska Högskolan" to "Universitetet". Once you exit, follow the walking path until you reach the taller light-blue buildings, where you take the entrance marked D-E-F. Continue through the complex until you get to the very end (F building), where you take the elevator to floor 7.