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International Coordination and Domestic Politics

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  • Kimiko Terai

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    We examine how international coordination between countries generates a trend to establish an international institution for the provision of global public goods. In the present model, the forces creating movement to international agreement are a politician's opportunistic motive for re-election, and his optimistic expectation of unanimous consent on agreement between countries. If a politician expects another politician in a neighboring country to signal his good performance to his citizens by participating in the agreement, he also decides to participate in the agreement, which then brings benefit spillovers to his country. Furthermore it is shown that, by dividing political authorities for coordination between the executive and politicians, observed over-compliance in the agreement by participating countries can be explained.

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    Paper provided by University of California-Irvine, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 080907.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:irv:wpaper:080907

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    Keywords: International environmental agreements; Global public goods; Re-election pressure; Division of authorities;

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