Why Cooperate?: The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods

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Climate change, nuclear proliferation, and the threat of a global pandemic have the potential to impact each of our lives. Preventing these threats poses a serious global challenge, but ignoring them could have disastrous consequences. How do we engineer institutions to change incentives so that these global public goods are provided?

Scott Barrett provides a thought provoking and accessible introduction to the issues surrounding the provision of global public goods. Using a ...

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Overview

Climate change, nuclear proliferation, and the threat of a global pandemic have the potential to impact each of our lives. Preventing these threats poses a serious global challenge, but ignoring them could have disastrous consequences. How do we engineer institutions to change incentives so that these global public goods are provided?

Scott Barrett provides a thought provoking and accessible introduction to the issues surrounding the provision of global public goods. Using a variety of examples to illustrate past successes and failures, he shows how international cooperation, institutional design, and the clever use of incentives can work together to ensure the effective delivery of global public goods.

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"An idealistic as well as sensible prescription for how to tackle in a practical manner the genuinely complex issues of our new global era"--Zbigniew Brzezinski, Counselor and Trustee, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

"Scott Barrett offers a simple yet powerful architecture for the different incentives that make international cooperation, in matters as diverse as measles and oil spills, greenhouse gases and nuclear proliferation, necessary or unnecessary, achievable or unachievable. Like his earlier Environment and Statecraft(Oxford 2003) this one is game theory at its most lucid, most valuable and most accessible--an exciting and rewarding book."--Thomas C. Schelling, 2005 Nobel Prize for Economics Laureate and Distinguisted University Professor, University of Maryland

"Scott Barrett deals with some of the most important global issues of the day with a clarity and lightness of touch which never betray the complexity and depth of the problems. Cooperatoin among nations is essential for such consequential issues as nuclear warfare, health, climate change, and economic development. Barrett goes beyond the net gains from cooperation to stress the different reactions to be expected as the gains and costs of cooperation are differently distributed. His distinctions will open up new paths in both policy formation and development."--Kenneth J. Arrow, 1972 Nobel Prize for Economics Laureate and Professor of Economics, Stanford University

"As interdependence among nations has increased dramatically, bringing globalization into the midst of acrimonious debates, the question of who provides international public goods, and in what way, has assumed great urgency. Scott Barrett, in a magnificent book, has explored this problem in all its complexity and provides answers that are of immense value. Barrett's book should become a classic."--Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia University

"Inadequately provided global public goods offer a rich agenda for the future; the relevant issues, along with many historical examples of both successes and failures, are intelligently addressed here."--Foreign Affairs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199585212
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Barrett was previously an advisor to the International Task Force on Global Public Goods, and drew upon his work for the Task Force in preparing this book. He wrote the book while on sabbatical as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, Yale University. His previous book, Environment and Statecraft, was published by OUP in paperback in 2005.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Ernesto Zedillo
Introduction: The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods
1. Single Best Efforts: Global Public Goods that Can Be Supplied Unilaterally or Minilaterally
2. Weakest Links: Global Public Goods that Depend on the States that Contribute the Least
3. Aggregate Efforts: Global Public Goods that Depend on the Combined Efforts of All States
4. Financing and Burden Sharing: Paying for Global Public Goods
5. Mutual Restraint: Agreeing What States Ought Not to Do
6. Coordination and Global Standards: Agreeing What States Ought to Do
7. Development: Do Global Public Goods Help Poor States?
Conclusions: Institutions for the Supply of Global Public Goods
Afterword

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