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Environment and StatecraftThe Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making$
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Scott Barrett

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199286094.001.0001

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The Depth and Breadth of International Cooperation

The Depth and Breadth of International Cooperation

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(p.292) 11 The Depth and Breadth of International Cooperation
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Environment and Statecraft
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Scott Barrett (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199286094.003.0011

The focus of the theory developed to this stage has been on the credibility of punishments. This chapter weakens the demands on credibility so that the theory can embrace concerns for fairness. The theory shows that even when the demands on credibility are weakened, full cooperation cannot always be sustained. Instead, countries must choose between a treaty that is “broad but shallow” or “narrow but deep”. The theory explains why international negotiations will tend to favor broad but shallow treaties, but also why such treaties will typically fall far short of sustaining full cooperation.

Keywords:   credibility, collective rationality, consensus treaties, fairness

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