Title: Whither the two-level game model of international legal compliance? A Chinese roadmap

Authors: Roda Mushkat

Addresses: Hopkins-Nanjing Centre, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Nanjing University Campus 210093, China

Abstract: The study of rule conformity in the global arena continues to expand in new directions and assume an increasingly rigorous form. Recently, the focus has shifted to the domestic side of the picture as scholars of international law have belatedly discovered that developments on the home front impinge materially on State behaviour and that the legal domain is no exception to the norm. Considerable progress has been achieved in seeking to grasp the nature of this intricate relationship, and understand the flow of influences from the international to the domestic level, but the learning potential is by no means exhausted. The experience of the world's most populous nation, blessed with a booming economy and significant military capabilities, suggests that time is ripe for venturing beyond generalisations based on a tight set of assumptions and limited socio-political exposure.

Keywords: two-level game models; legal compliance; rationalist approaches; normative approaches; realism; institutionalism; liberalism; managerialism; fairness constructs; legal processes; transnational law; legal process formulations; unitary actors; rule conformity; international law; state behaviour; military capabilities; China; economic booms; socio-political approaches; public law; public policy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLAP.2013.052958

International Journal of Public Law and Policy, 2013 Vol.3 No.2, pp.178 - 209

Published online: 29 Nov 2013 *

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