Scott Barrett offers a simple yet powerful architecture for the different incentives that make international cooperation, in matters as diverse as measles and oil spills, greenhouse gases and nuclear proliferation, necessary or unnecessary, achievable or unachievable. Like his earlier Environment and Statecraft this one is game theory at its most lucid, most valuable and most accessible—an exciting and rewarding book.
Scott Barrett deals with some of the most important global issues of the day with a clarity and lightness of touch which never betray the complexity and depth of the problems. Cooperation among nations is essential for such consequential issues as nuclear warfare, health, climate change, and economic development. Barrett goes beyond the net gains from cooperation to stress the different reactions to be expected as the gains and costs of cooperation are differently distributed. His distinctions will open up new paths in both policy formation and analytic development.
...compelling as a source of both an analytical framework for examining international cooperation on global public goods and a wealth of crucial facts about past successes and failures across a broad range of issues. It deserves careful consideration by the experts and a wide readership among those interested in public policy.
This book is an exciting, accessible read.