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International Political Economy and the Prisoner's Dilemma: Compliance with International Law

Forthcoming in Alberta Fabricotti, (ed.) The Political Economy of International Law: A European Perspective (Edward Elgar 2016)

SUNY Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-015

23 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2016 Last revised: 19 Apr 2016

Meredith Kolsky Lewis

University at Buffalo Law School; Victoria University of Wellington Law School

Date Written: February 29, 2016

Abstract

This chapter explores the concept of the prisoner’s dilemma in the context of compliance with international law. It examines the prisoner’s dilemma in a variety of international law contexts, from which international law can be seen as explanandum in that a prisoner’s dilemma sometimes leads to the creation of international law. International law can also serve as explanans in the context of the prisoner’s dilemma, in that international law has consequences and effects for prisoner’s dilemmas while not always resolving them. The chapter also identifies some limitations of the prisoner’s dilemma, in particular by highlighting examples of political economy factors that confound the assumptions inherent to a prisoner’s dilemma analysis.

Keywords: political economy, international political economy, prisoner's dilemma, international law, compliance

JEL Classification: F02, F19, C70

Suggested Citation

Lewis, Meredith Kolsky, International Political Economy and the Prisoner's Dilemma: Compliance with International Law (February 29, 2016). Forthcoming in Alberta Fabricotti, (ed.) The Political Economy of International Law: A European Perspective (Edward Elgar 2016); SUNY Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2740024

Meredith Lewis (Contact Author)

University at Buffalo Law School ( email )

School of Law
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Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
United States

Victoria University of Wellington Law School ( email )

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Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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