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European Cooperation on Future Crises: Toward a Public Good?


  • Mark Rhinard


As crises grow more transnational in origin and effect, managing them effectively will require international cooperation. This article explores the dilemmas inherent to producing common crisis management capacities across national governments. Drawing on the literature related to "international public goods," the article builds an approach for understanding these dilemmas through the lens of collective action and the perverse incentives associated therein. The article applies this approach to cooperation in Europe on an issue that typifies the transnational crisis-the spread of communicable disease-and highlights obstacles to European Union ambitions to build a robust system for disease surveillance and control. Having isolated the obstacles, the article then identifies solutions to facilitate cooperation toward more effectively producing the good in question. Copyright 2009 by The Policy Studies Organization.

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  • Mark Rhinard, 2009. "European Cooperation on Future Crises: Toward a Public Good?," Review of Policy Research, Policy Studies Organization, vol. 26(4), pages 439-455, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:revpol:v:26:y:2009:i:4:p:439-455

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