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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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Mutual restraint: agreeing what states ought not to do

Mutual restraint: agreeing what states ought not to do

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(p.133) Chapter Five Mutual restraint: agreeing what states ought not to do
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Why Cooperate?
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Scott Barrett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211890.003.0006

This chapter explores incentives based on mutual restraint. Some public goods are for free and do not require financing but are hampered with incentive problems. The more the state aims to be more powerful, the greather the rate that others get hold of the public goods and proliferation makes the state more vulnerable. The example given is states wanting nuclear weapons so that they can be called powerful. Each state can be made better off if they agree not to possess such weapons. If states will agree to restrain their behavior on possessing weapons this will avoid conflicts and misconceptions.

Keywords:   incentives, nuclear weapons, restraint, public goods, finances

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