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International Courts and the Performance of International Agreements: A General Theory with Evidence from the European Union (Comparative Constitutional Law and Policy)

International Courts and the Performance of International Agreements: A General Theory with Evidence from the European Union (Comparative Constitutional Law and Policy)

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Clifford J. Carrubba, Matthew J. Gabel
Cambridge University Press, 10/27/2014
EAN 9781107065727, ISBN10: 1107065720

Hardcover, 252 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

Nations often turn to international courts to help with overcoming collective-action problems associated with international relations. However, these courts generally cannot enforce their rulings, which begs the question: how effective are international courts? This book proposes a general theory of international courts that assumes a court has no direct power over national governments. Member states are free to ignore both the international agreement and the rulings by the court created to enforce that agreement. The theory demonstrates that such a court can, in fact, facilitate cooperation with international law, but only within important political constraints. The authors examine the theoretical argument in the context of the European Union. Using an original data set of rulings by the European Court of Justice, they find that the disposition of court rulings and government compliance with those rulings comport with the theory's predictions.

1. Introduction
international courts and compliance
2. A theory of courts and compliance in international law
3. The empirical relevance of the theoretical model
evaluating the hypotheses in the European Union context
4. Preliminary considerations on testing the political-sensitivity hypothesis
designing a control for the legal merits
5. A test of the political-sensitivity hypothesis
6. A test of the conditional-effectiveness hypothesis
the European Court of Justice and economic integration
7. Conclusion.