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How International Law Works: A Rational Choice Theory by Andrew T. Guzman

By Andrew T. Guzman

How overseas legislation Works provides a idea of overseas legislations, the way it operates, and why it really works. even though appeals to overseas legislation have grown ever extra significant to overseas disputes and diplomacy, there's no well-developed, finished concept of the way foreign legislations shapes coverage outcomes.
Filling a conspicuous hole within the literature on foreign legislation, Andrew T. Guzman builds a coherent conception from the floor up and applies it to the principles of the foreign criminal method. utilizing instruments from around the social sciences Guzman deploys a rational selection method to give an explanation for how a felony method can reach the absence of coercive enforcement. He demonstrates how even rational and egocentric states are influenced through matters approximately reciprocal non-compliance, retaliation, and recognition to conform with their overseas criminal commitments.
Contradicting the normal view of the topic between overseas criminal students, Guzman argues that the first resources of overseas commitment--formal treaties, regular overseas legislation, gentle legislations, or even overseas norms--must be understood as numerous issues on a spectrum of dedication instead of fully specified felony structures.
Taking a rigorous and theoretically sound examine foreign legislation, How foreign legislation Works offers an in-depth, thoroughgoing consultant to the complexities of overseas legislations, deals assistance to these handling family between countries, and is helping us to appreciate once we can glance to foreign legislation to unravel difficulties, and once we needs to settle for that we are living in an anarchic international during which a few matters could be resolved merely via politics.

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One classic example of such cooperation is the system of rules and regulations governing international air travel and air safety. 3 This represents a successful resolution of the coordination game that air travel presents to regulators. , states) have an interest in coordination that 26 how international law works trumps their interest in a particular outcome. The benefits of coordination in the regulation of air travel are obvious. If airplanes in France were subject to one set of safety regulations but those in the United States another, the cost of travel (especially because a single flight might cross over many countries) would rise dramatically.

Because it starts with a set of assumptions, rather than observations, about state behavior, the analysis is primarily a theoretical one. Throughout the book, however, examples of events from the world are also included. These are intended to illustrate the theoretical points being developed and to give some context to the discussion. They are not intended to, and could not possibly, provide proof of the claim being made. Real-world events are often complex and multifaceted and are normally not fully explained by a single theoretical insight.

If states A and B both enjoy absolute gains as a result of their cooperation, and if those gains are not enjoyed by countries C and D, which are outside the agreement, then A and B may well find it in their interest to cooperate, even under realist assumptions. Other approaches to state behavior are more complementary to the institutionalist approach taken in this book. Liberalism, for example, opens the black box of the state and considers the role of substate actors 18 how international law works (Moravcsik 1997).

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