Patterns of International Cooperation and the Explanatory Power of Relative Gains: An Analysis of Cooperation on Global Climate Change, Ozone Depletion, and International Trade

Grundig, Frank (2006) Patterns of International Cooperation and the Explanatory Power of Relative Gains: An Analysis of Cooperation on Global Climate Change, Ozone Depletion, and International Trade. International Studies Quarterly, 50 (4). pp. 781-801. ISSN 0020-8833. E-ISSN 1468-2478. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2478.2006.00425.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article brings together the relative gains argument and the analysis of global environmental problems such as ozone depletion and global climate change. We develop an n-actor relative gains model for the provision of nonexcludable goods. In order to derive testable hypotheses we also develop a comparable n-actor specification for excludable goods such as international trade and derive hypotheses concerning the expected level of cooperation by using comparative statics. The models suggest that there should be a higher level of cooperation on trade and ozone depletion than on global climate change. After reviewing alternative explanations we confirm the explanatory power of the model by demonstrating that we observe a much lower level of cooperation for the climate case than either of the other two cases. We thus conclude that the case of global warming falls within the empirical domain of neorealism and that power-based explanations cannot be ignored.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Conflict Analysis Research Centre
Depositing User: Frank Grundig
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2014 13:44 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2014 13:44 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/44641 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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