9780691011769-0691011761-Interests, Institutions, and Information

Interests, Institutions, and Information

ISBN-13: 9780691011769
ISBN-10: 0691011761
Author: Milner, Helen V.
Publication date: 1997
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Paperback 328 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780691011769
ISBN-10: 0691011761
Author: Milner, Helen V.
Publication date: 1997
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Paperback 328 pages

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Acknowledged authors Milner, Helen V. wrote Interests, Institutions, and Information comprising 328 pages back in 1997. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0691011761 and 9780691011769. Since then Interests, Institutions, and Information textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Increasingly scholars of international relations are rallying around the idea that "domestic politics matters." Few, however, have articulated precisely how or why it matters. In this significant book, Helen Milner lays out the first fully developed theory of domestic politics, showing exactly how domestic politics affects international outcomes. In developing this rational-choice theory, Milner argues that any explanation that treats states as unitary actors is ultimately misleading. She describes all states as polyarchic, where decision-making power is shared between two or more actors (such as a legislature and an executive). Milner constructs a new model based on two-level game theory, reflecting the political activity at both the domestic and international levels. She illustrates this model by taking up the critical question of cooperation among nations.


Milner examines the central factors that influence the strategic game of domestic politics. She shows that it is the outcome of this internal game--not fears of other countries' relative gains or the likelihood of cheating--that ultimately shapes how the international game is played out and therefore the extent of cooperative endeavors. The interaction of the domestic actors' preferences, given their political institutions and levels of information, defines when international cooperation is possible and what its terms will be. Several test cases examine how this argument explains the phases of a cooperative attempt: the initiation, the negotiations at the international level, and the eventual domestic ratification. The book reaches the surprising conclusion that theorists--neo-Institutionalists and Realists alike--have overestimated the likelihood of cooperation among states.

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