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How International Law WorksA Rational Choice Theory$
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Andrew Guzman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305562.001.0001

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 A General Theory of International Law

 A General Theory of International Law

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How International Law Works

Andrew T Guzman (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the basic theory of international law that is then used throughout the book. It explains how the forces of reputation, retaliation, and reciprocity (the Three Rs of Compliance) make international law work. It discusses the various types of problems that international law and international agreements seek to address, ranging from simple coordination problems to difficult prisoner's dilemma problems. The role of international tribunals in the operation of international law is also discussed, as are the particular challenges presented by multilateral agreements.

Keywords:   international law, reputation, retaliation, reciprocity, prisoner's dilemma, international agreements, tribunals

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