Environment and Statecraft The Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making

ISBN-10: 0199286094

ISBN-13: 9780199286096

Edition: 2005

Authors: Scott Barrett
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Description: Environmental problems like global climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion can only be remedied if states cooperate with one another. But sovereign states usually care only about their own interests. So states must somehow restructure the incentives to make cooperation pay. This is what treaties are meant to do. A few treaties, such as the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, succeed. Most, however, fail to alter the state behaviour appreciably. This book develops a theory that explains both the successes and the failures. In particular, the book explains when treaties are needed, why some work better than others, and how treaty design can be improved. The best treaties strategically manipulate the incentives states have to exploit the environment, and the theory developed in this book shows how treaties can do this. The theory integrates a number of disciplines, including economics, political science, international law, negotiation analysis, and game theory. It also offers a coherent and consistent approach. The essential assumption is that treaties be self-enforcing-that is, individually rational, collectively rational, and fair. The book applies the theory to a number of environmental problems. It provides information on more than three hundred treaties, and analyses a number of case studies in detail. These include depletion of the ozone layer, whaling, pollution of the Rhine, acid rain, over-fishing, pollution of the oceans, and global climate change. The essential lesson of the book is that treaties should not just tell countries what to do. Treaties must make it in the interests of countries to behave differently. That is, they must restructure the underlying game. Most importantly, they must create incentives for states to participate in a treaty and for parties to comply.

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List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/5/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
The North Pacific Fur Seal Treaty and the Theory of International Cooperation
Transnational Cooperation Dilemmas
Games with Multiple Equilibria
Customary Rights and Responsibilities
International Environmental Agreements
The Treaty Participation Game
The Montreal Protocol
Tipping Treaties
Compliance and the Strategy of Reciprocity
The Depth and Breadth of International Cooperation
Trade Leakage and Trade Linkage
The Side Payments Game
Summary
Global Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol
Afterword to the Paperback Edition on Global Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol
References
Index
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