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58 Liberal Approaches addressed directly by negotiators and decisionmakers (Axelrod 1981; Oye 1986). Anything that promotes the ongoing exchange of information and communication among nation-state decisionmakers is of interest to liberal scholars as a result. Technological advances and relative power, in the form of a hegemonic state willing to facilitate economic interaction, are often cited as key underlying factors for increased interaction among nation-state decisionmakers and hence cooperation (Keohane and Nye 1998; Keohane 1984). Many liberal scholars also argue that the necessary ongoing interaction between nation-states has been promoted by the development of interna- tional institutions. These may be formal institutions, such as the UN, the EU, and NATO, or they may be informal, consisting of "sets of implicit or explicit principles, norms, rules, and decision-making procedures around which actors' expectations converge in a given area of international rela- tions" (Krasner 1983: 2). The latter are called "regimes" in the liberal liter-
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