International Cooperation Theory and International Institutions

Xinyuan Dai, Duncan Snidal, Michael Sampson

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The study of international cooperation has emerged and evolved over the past few decades as a cornerstone of international relations research. The strategy here for reviewing such a large literature is to focus primarily on the rational choice and game theoretic approaches that instigated it and have subsequently guided its advance. Without these theoretical efforts, the study of international cooperation could not have made nearly as much progress—and it certainly would not have taken the form it does in the 21st century. Through this lens, we can identify major themes in this literature and highlight key challenges for future research
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190846626
StatePublished - Nov 20 2017


  • international cooperation theory
  • international cooperation
  • rational choice approach
  • international relations
  • international institutions
  • game theoretic approach
  • international politics


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