Treaty Formation and Strategic Constellations - An Extension of Sandler

16 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2007


In his article on "Treaties: Strategic Considerations" Todd Sandler analyses the conditions facilitating or impeding international cooperation. These conditions are determined by the strategic constellation of potential signatories of treaties. The strategic constellation, in turn, depends on a whole range of properties of the situation in question. Sandler shows the effects of some variation with respect to these properties, but does not treat them systematically. As an extension to Sandler I deal with a number of such properties more explicitly. I chose four basic properties which play a role in almost any situation of international treaty formation: (1) costs and benefits of the pursued public good for the interested countries, (2) demand-side properties of the public goods, (3) supply side properties, i.e. their aggregation technology, and (4) the homo- and heterogeneity of the concerned countries. The paper shows some systematic effects of the variation of such properties.

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Holzinger, Katharina, Treaty Formation and Strategic Constellations - An Extension of Sandler. U. of St. Gallen Law & Economics Working Paper No. 2007-11, University of Illinois Law Review, Vol. 1, 2008, Available at SSRN:

Katharina Holzinger (Contact Author)

University of Hamburg ( email )

Von-Melle-Park 5
20146 Hamburg

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