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Loosening the Ties that Bind: A Learning Model of Agreement Flexibility

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  • Koremenos, Barbara
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    How can the corsets of international agreements be made more flexibleand therefore more robust? Or, in the words of Jon Elster, how canUlysses be loosely bound to the mast? This is an important question forthe simple reason that international cooperation is important, andinternational cooperation is often institutionalized in the form ofinternational agreements. Existing international agreements aretestament to states willingness and ability to cooperate despite theinternational anarchy in which they find themselves. Given the difculties of cooperation under anarchy documented in the recentinternational relations literature, understanding how states manage tobring about the formal cooperation embodied in international agreementsis of both theoretical and practical interest.

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    Volume (Year): 55 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 02 (March)
    Pages: 289-325

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    Handle: RePEc:cup:intorg:v:55:y:2001:i:02:p:289-325_44

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    1. Bernauer, Thomas & Kalbhenn, Anna & Koubi, Vally & Ruoff, Gabi, 2010. "On commitment levels and compliance mechanisms: Determinants of participation in global environmental agreements," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 94, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
    2. Nathan M Jensen, 2005. "International Institutions and Market Expectations: Stock Price Responses to the WTO Ruling on the 2002 U.S. Steel Tariffs," International Trade 0512008, EconWPA.
    3. Bernauer, Thomas & Kalbhenn, Anna & Koubi, Vally & Ruoff, Gabi, 2010. "On commitment levels and compliance mechanisms: Determinants of participation in global environmental agreements," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 94, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
    4. Thomas Bernauer & Anna Kalbhenn & Vally Koubi & Gabriele Spilker, 2013. "Is there a “Depth versus Participation” dilemma in international cooperation?," The Review of International Organizations, Springer, vol. 8(4), pages 477-497, December.
    5. Boockmann, Bernhard & Thurner, Paul W., 2002. "Flexibility Provisions in Multilateral Environmental Treaties," ZEW Discussion Papers 02-44, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    6. Barbara Koremenos, 2013. "What’s left out and why? Informal provisions in formal international law," The Review of International Organizations, Springer, vol. 8(2), pages 137-162, June.
    7. Johannes Urpelainen, 2011. "Early birds: Special interests and the strategic logic of international cooperation," The Review of International Organizations, Springer, vol. 6(2), pages 113-140, July.

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