Reticent Regulation: Designing International Agreements To Do A Lot But Say Very Little



Michael Tomz, Stanford University

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May 23, 2013 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


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International agreements are often criticized for expressing lofty values or regulatory goals without doing very much to achieve those values or goals. This article argues that sometimes agreements can do more when they express less. Specifically, I argue that there are times when international agreements flourish precisely because they do not seek to make a statement about a particular norm to which subjects must publicly commit.