Class 6 - The 3Cs (problems in international politics)...

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The 3C’s (problems in international politics) Commitment Problem: Everyone benefits from peace, but, in absence of third party enforcer, no side can trust the other to refrain from war - Other two problems stem from commitment problem Collective action problem: everyone benefits, but some people pay, other don’t (free-riders) Coordination problem: everyone would benefit, but everyone thinks others will free-ride, so no one moves, and no one benefits Difference btwn Collective action and coordination problems Collective action problem: B doesn’t’ pay the costs because she thinks A will pay - Who doesn’t contribute? Weak because they can get something for free (Free-riding in alliance) Coordination problem: B doesn’t pay the costs because she thinks A won’t pay - Who doesn’t contribute? Strong because think they will be left paying for everyone else Balance of power is strategy to maintain status quo distribution of power - Deter rising powers by raising cost of revisionism - Two types: balancing and bandwagoning Two problems for alliances buckpassing: collective action and coordination Balance of Power in History
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course POLI 260 taught by Professor Sens,allen during the Spring '09 term at The University of British Columbia.

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Class 6 - The 3Cs (problems in international politics)...

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