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The Challenges of Equitable International Burden-sharing

Marton, Péter (2015) The Challenges of Equitable International Burden-sharing. E-International Relations. ISSN 2053-8626

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Abstract

This article offers a brief sketch of some of the key concepts and dilemmas related to international burden-sharing. It presents the latter as a key aspect of contemporary global governance that nevertheless faces difficult strategic, political and ethical challenges. These often seem to stem from complaints about a lack of equity in burden-sharing and disagreements over how “equity” is to be interpreted. Contrary to this understanding, the article argues that the fundamental problem is rather that as long as a solution cannot be devised to the problems states are trying to manage in cooperation, no equitable sharing of the related burdens can meaningfully occur. This may be trivial to state but is acknowledged rarely compared to how often it might be the case. The article uses various examples to illustrate this, including a detailed look at international cooperation in the face of the Ebola epidemic and against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science / politológia > JZ International relations / nemzetközi kapcsolatok, világpolitika
Depositing User: Dr. Péter Marton
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2015 17:20
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2015 22:49
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/26509

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