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Why Cooperate?The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods$
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Scott Barrett

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199211890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211890.001.0001

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Single best efforts: global public goods that can be supplied unilaterally or minilaterally

Single best efforts: global public goods that can be supplied unilaterally or minilaterally

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(p.22) Chapter One Single best efforts: global public goods that can be supplied unilaterally or minilaterally
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Why Cooperate?
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Scott Barrett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211890.003.0002

This chapter discusses the global public goods that can be supplied by a single best effort. Not all global public goods are vulnerable to free riding. Global public goods provide benefits that are non-excludable and nonrival. That is, nonrival in the sense that one person's expense or consumption does not affect the consumptions and expense of others and non-excludable such as, for instance if a good is given to one person, other people also cannot be prevented from enjoying it as well. There are other situations in which what the small and weak states do affects the larger and stronger states, and not only the other way around.

Keywords:   public goods, non-excludable, nonrival, effort, consumption

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