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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 Treaty Participation Game

The Treaty Participation Game

(p.195) 7 The Treaty Participation Game
Environment and Statecraft

Scott Barrett (Contributor Webpage)

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Building on the information developed in the previous six chapters, this chapter develops a theoretical model of international cooperation by means of the treaty instrument. The focus is on explaining why treaty participation is difficult to enforce. The theory shows that a treaty sustains cooperation by transforming the prisoners’ dilemma. It also shows that there is a limit to how far this approach can improve on non-cooperation. The theory is illustrated by the case study of conserving anadromous fish stocks.

Keywords:   payoffs, stage game, individual rationality, collective rationality, minimum participation, commitment, democracy, participation

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