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McGill University
Political Science
POLI 243
Mark Brawley

Summary of Keohane’s, “Demand for Regimes” Pages 1-10  Article attempts to improve our understanding of intl order and intl cooperation, through interpreting intl regime-formation that relies heavily on rational-choice analysis in the utilitarian social contract. - Keohane explores why self-interested actors in world politics should seek, under certain circumstances, to establish intl regimes through mutual agreement. - Also explains how to account for fluctuations over time in #, extent & strength of intl regimes on basis of rational calculations.  Hegemonic theory fails to explain lags between changes in power structures and changes in intl regimes and avoids answering why intl regimes seem so much more extensive now in world politics - Argument of article seeks to correct fault of hegemonic stability theory by incorporating a supply-demand approach from microeconomic theory.  Article focuses principally on demand for intl regimes in order to provide basis for more comprehensive & balanced interpretation. - Focus on strength & extent of intl regimes, NOT content or effects. - Article will contribute to understanding why intl regimes wax and wane. - No claim is made that rational-choice analysis is only valid way to understand intl regimes.  Major arguments are grouped into 5 sections: 1. Systemic constraint-choice analysis: virtues and limitations 2. The context and functions of intl regimes 3. Elements of a theory of the demand for intl regimes. 4. Information, openness and communication in intl regimes. 5. Coping with uncertainties: insurance regimes.  Systemic constraint-choice analysis: virtues and limitations - Deliberately limited to systemic level of analysis - Actors’ characteristics are given by assumption - Changes in outcomes explained as result of basis of changes in attributes of system itself. - Systemic focus permits a limitation of
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