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date: 21 July 2018

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States’ compliance with international law is a multicausal event, with variables operating at various levels of analysis, such as states’ incentives, regime type, issue area, strategic considerations, psychological perceptions, and level of enforcement. Recent scholarship on compliance with international law in general, and with international agreements in particular, has made great progress in uncovering some of the links between these factors, and in determining under what conditions we are more likely to see greater compliance, in what issue areas, and in explaining these variations.

Keywords: compliance, enforcement, regime design, reputation, domestic institutions, managerial school, endogeneity, international law, international agreements, incentives, empirical international relations theory

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