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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 North Pacific Fur Seal Treaty and the Theory of International Cooperation

The North Pacific Fur Seal Treaty and the Theory of International Cooperation

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(p.19) 2 The North Pacific Fur Seal Treaty and the Theory 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:10.1093/0199286094.003.0002

This chapter tells the story of how the northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus) was nearly hunted to extinction, and how the North Pacific Fur Seal Treaty of 1911 not only reversed this situation, but probably sustained the efficient harvest of this resource. The case study illustrates that treaties can change behavior, but only by strategically manipulating the incentives that countries face in exploiting environmental resources. The text of the treaty is included in an appendix.

Keywords:   North Pacific Fur Seal Treaty, open access resource, bilateral cooperation, multilateral cooperation

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