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The Role of Law in International PoliticsEssays in International Relations and International Law$
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Michael Byers

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244027

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244027.001.0001

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Domestic Politics and International Resources: What Role For International Law?

Domestic Politics and International Resources: What Role For International Law?

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The Role of Law in International Politics

Eyal Benvenisti

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates the impact of international norms on domestic politics from the point of view of an optional and sustainable co-operation between heterogeneous States over internationally shared resources. It explains that underlying collective action theory is the notion that cooperation among actors who share a common pool resource (CPR) — namely a resource that is shared by a number of actors but is excluded or excludable from other actors — can evolve endogenously and be backed by agreed-upon internal mechanisms, without the support of external enforcements agencies. It examines the applicability of collective action theory to international common pool resources (ICPRs), such as the Danube River. It clarifies that the possibility of cooperation among States in ICPR management hinges on the possibility of making governments internalize the diverse domestic consequences of their international acts.

Keywords:   international norms, domestic politics, ICPR, CPR, common pool resources

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