We thank three anonymous reviewers for helpful comments and Frank Azevedo for excellent editorial assistance. Hovi and Underdal acknowledge the funding from the Research Council of Norway through grant 209701/E20 for CICEP. Aakre and Hovi acknowledge the funding from the Research Council of Norway through grant 185508.
ANALYTICAL ESSAYS: EVALUATION, SYNTHESIS, REFLECTIONS
Self-Enforcing Peace and Environmental Agreements: Toward Scholarly Cross-Fertilization?1
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© 2012 International Studies Association
International Studies Review
Volume 14, Issue 4, pages 522–540, December 2012
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Grundig, F., Hovi, J., Underdal, A. and Aakre, S. (2012), Self-Enforcing Peace and Environmental Agreements: Toward Scholarly Cross-Fertilization?. International Studies Review, 14: 522–540. doi: 10.1111/misr.12003
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Grundig, Frank, Jon Hovi, Arild Underdal, and Stine Aakre. (2012) Self-Enforcing Peace and Environmental Agreements: Toward Scholarly Cross-Fertilization? International Studies Review, doi: 10.1111/misr.12003
Enforcement of agreements can be a major challenge in international politics. However, the interest in mechanisms of self-enforcement seems significantly lower among scholars studying international peace agreements (IPAs) than among scholars studying international environmental agreements (IEAs). Moreover, practically no exchange of ideas and findings about enforcement can be found between these two fields of research. We argue that a combination of similarities and differences between the two issue-areas provides fertile ground for mutual learning. To facilitate communication we develop a unifying but differentiated definition of self-enforcing agreements (SEAs). We then use this conceptual framework to explore lessons about IEA design that might be learned by studying IPAs and lessons about IPA design that might be learned by studying IEAs. We submit that this kind of compare-and-contrast analysis may provide important input for the development of a more refined and general theory of SEAs.