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Compliance and Post-Agreement Bargaining

European Journal of International Relations 4 (4): 371-408, 1998

38 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2012  

Christer Jönsson

Lund University

Jonas Tallberg

Stockholm University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 1998

Abstract

Most literature on international cooperation focuses on the phase leading up to the signing of a treaty, while neglecting the dynamics of bargaining in the aftermath of an international agreement. Reviewing existing literature, we find that bargaining theory deals almost exclusively with the pre-agreement phase and that the enforcement and management schools in the study of compliance are predominantly static in their orientation. We present a framework for analysing the dynamics of compliance bargaining — which can be understood as a process of bargaining between the signatories to an agreement already concluded, or between the signatories and the international institution governing the agreement, which pertains to the terms and obligations of this agreement — and explore compliance bargaining in the EU in light of this framework. Specifically, the EU case illustrates third-party, as opposed to self-help, enforcement and points to sources of bargaining power in compliance bargaining.

Keywords: Compliance, bargaining, negotiations, power, influence, international cooperation, European Union

Suggested Citation

Jönsson, Christer and Tallberg, Jonas, Compliance and Post-Agreement Bargaining (1998). European Journal of International Relations 4 (4): 371-408, 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2181006

Christer Jönsson

Lund University ( email )

Box 117
Lund, S221 00
Sweden

Jonas Tallberg (Contact Author)

Stockholm University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

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