The Political Economy of International Law
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The Political Economy of International Law

A European Perspective

Edited by Alberta Fabbricotti

Set in the context of growing interdisciplinarity in legal research, The Political Economy of International Law: A European Perspective provides a much-needed systematic and coherent review of the interactions between Political Economy and International Law. The book reflects the need felt by international lawyers to open their traditional frontiers to insights from other disciplines - and political economy in particular. The methodological approach of the book is to take the traditional list of topics for a general treatise of international law, and to systematically incorporate insights from political economy to each.
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Chapter 7: Political Economy of International Law: A Convenient Alliance for the Study of Compliance?

Barbara Delcourt


Compliance appears at first glance as a linchpin concept bridging international law and international relations and thus particularly fruitful to support the PEIL research agenda, mainly by highlighting the factors that trigger compliant behaviours or explain deviant ones, and by providing methodological tools to better grasp the causal relationship between a rule and a behaviour. This contribution is twofold. Firstly, it presents a short overview of the literature dealing with this topic, which aims at presenting the most popular ones within the interdisciplinary field. After taking stock of the diversity of these approaches, the second part of the Chapter identifies the main challenges PEIL research agenda has to confront in order to overcome the pending controversies and critics that could endanger its original ambition.

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