The Depth and Breadth of International Cooperation

Scott Barrett

in Environment and Statecraft

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199286096
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602832 | DOI:
 The Depth and Breadth of International Cooperation

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The focus of the theory developed to this stage has been on the credibility of punishments. This chapter weakens the demands on credibility so that the theory can embrace concerns for fairness. The theory shows that even when the demands on credibility are weakened, full cooperation cannot always be sustained. Instead, countries must choose between a treaty that is “broad but shallow” or “narrow but deep”. The theory explains why international negotiations will tend to favor broad but shallow treaties, but also why such treaties will typically fall far short of sustaining full cooperation.

Keywords: credibility; collective rationality; consensus treaties; fairness

Chapter.  8233 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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