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"International Paretianism: A Defense"

"International Paretianism: A Defense"

Discussion Paper 2012-52, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

July 2012

Authors: Eric A. Posner, David Weisbach

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements Discussion Paper Series

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ABSTRACT

A treaty satisfies what we call International Paretianism if it advances the interests of all states that join it, so that no state is made worse off. The principle might seem obvious, but it rules out nearly all the major proposals for a climate treaty, including proposals advanced by academics and by government officials. We defend International Paretianism, and for that reason urge commentators in the debate over climate justice to abandon efforts to right past wrongs, redistribute wealth, and achieve other abstract ideals through a climate treaty.

 

Eric A. Posner, University of Chicago Law School

David Weisbach, University of Chicago Law School

 

For more information about this publication please contact the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements Coordinator at 617-496-8054.

For Academic Citation:

Posner, Eric A. and David Weisbach. "International Paretianism: A Defense." Discussion Paper 2012-52, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, July 2012.

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