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1st Edition

State Responses to International Law

ISBN 9780415791090
Published December 1, 2016 by Routledge

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Book Description

Do countries keep their promises to the international community? When they sign treaties or learn about new expectations, do they take them seriously and implement them? Since we already know intuitively that not all countries do, the next question – and the topic of this book – is: who complies? By considering a wide range of different rules – each precise enough to allow one to measure state compliance – and a variety of methods, we hope to answer this question once and for all.

Including a systematic analysis of 8 different countries selected for the variety of regime type, international engagement and economic development they represent, the work caps a five-year research program and represents the culmination of twenty years’ worth of work in the disciplines of international relations and international law on legalization and compliance. Stiles highlights the importance of systematic study of compliance in order to move further towards solving truly global issues, such as terrorism, human trafficking, air pollution and collective goods provision. With international laws generally designed to improve the human condition and current levels of compliance inconsistent at best, it is vital to gain a better understanding of who complies and why.

This detailed study will be of interest to students of Politics, International Law and International Relations.

Table of Contents

1. Explaining Compliance with International Law  2. Rules Governing Territorial Defense: Anti-Terrorism, Anti-Piracy, and Anti-Trafficking  3. Rules Designed to Regulate the Market: Shipping and Airline Regulation and CFC Control  4. Laws on Human Rights Promotion: Anti-Slavery Law and Anti-Discrimination against Women 5. Cross-national Analysis of Compliance 6. Globalized Democracies: Peru and Bolivia 7. Globalized Autocracies: Tunisia and Pakistan 8. Isolationist Autocracies: Belarus and Equatorial Guinea 9. Isolationist Democracies: Botswana and Papua New Guinea 10. Conclusion and Epilogue


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Kendall Stiles is Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University in Utah, USA. He teaches International Relations with an emphasis on law and institutions.