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

Meredith Kolsky Lewis


This Chapter examines the prisoner’s dilemma in a variety of IL contexts. This study will reveal that IL can be viewed as explanandum in that a prisoner’s dilemma sometimes leads to the creation of IL. We will also see that IL can serve as explanans in the context of the prisoner’s dilemma, in that IL 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.

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