Why Cooperate?: The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods

Paperback | October 16, 2010

byScott Barrett

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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 sothat 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 ofincentives can work together to ensure the effective delivery of 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 sothat these global public goods are provided?S...

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 an...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.07 inPublished:October 16, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199585210

ISBN - 13:9780199585212

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Ernesto Zedillo: ForewordIntroduction: The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods1. Single Best Efforts: Global Public Goods that Can Be Supplied Unilaterally or Minilaterally2. Weakest Links: Global Public Goods that Depend on the States that Contribute the Least3. Aggregate Efforts: Global Public Goods that Depend on the Combined Efforts of All States4. Financing and Burden Sharing: Paying for Global Public Goods5. Mutual Restraint: Agreeing What States Ought Not to Do6. Coordination and Global Standards: Agreeing What States Ought to Do7. Development: Do Global Public Goods Help Poor States?Conclusions: Institutions for the Supply of Global Public GoodsAfterword

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"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