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Intentional Oil Pollution: Changing Preferences, Capacities and Institutional Characteristics

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Mitchell, Ronald B.
Conference: Heterogeneity and Collective Action
Location: Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Conf. Date: October 14-17
Date: 1993
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8229
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Global Commons
Subject(s): global commons
international relations
Abstract: "The almost forty year history of international regulation of intentional oil pollution is the history of the shift from a lead activist nation (the U.K.) with a mildly-strong commitment to environmental protection, medium-strong power (by itself) to influence other actors, and little empirical knowledge of the relative adequacy of various regime alternatives to a new lead activist nation (the U.S.) with radically stronger preferences for environmental protection, dramatically stronger power resources available for influencing others, and more than a decade and a half of experience with one set of (failed) policies. The latter nation wanted and was able to create a much stronger institution, which, while having no more specific rules, had significantly wider scope and significantly stronger decision-making rules and greater rights and duties available to those committed to change rather than the status quo."

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