Theorizing Cooperation against Illicit Trade

Asif Efrat

in Governing Guns, Preventing Plunder

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199760305
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950010 | DOI:
Theorizing Cooperation against Illicit Trade

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This chapter develops a theoretical framework for analyzing the international cooperative efforts against illicit trade. At the heart of these efforts are regulatory agreements whose purpose is to suppress illicit trade and its negative effects. These agreements are the subject of much international contention: they fuel intense political conflicts among governments. The theoretical framework sheds light on the origins of these conflicts—and what they mean for cooperation. In accordance with liberalism, the crux of the theoretical framework is the variation in government preferences on international regulation. It is this variation that holds the key to understanding cooperation.

Keywords: international cooperation; illicit trade; regulatory agreements; political conflicts; international regulation

Chapter.  15805 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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