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Does Bilateralism Foster Co-operation in Europe? An Experimental Approach of Comparative Merits of Bilateralism and Multilateralism

Abstract : Europe is oscillating between increased integration and permanent risk of dissolution. In this framework, one often debates the role of bilateral relations, with the following question: does bilateralism foster or delay overall co-operation? We address this question in an experimental framework where we study the behaviour of agents who are confronted with a multiplicity of prisoners' dilemma games, either in a bilateral or a multilateral way. We surprisingly observe that the co-operation between all is significantly higher when interactions are bilateral and that the difference between these two institutional contexts is growing in time in favour of bilateralism.
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Kene Boun My, Alban Verchère, Stephane Bertrand. Does Bilateralism Foster Co-operation in Europe? An Experimental Approach of Comparative Merits of Bilateralism and Multilateralism. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 2009, 47 (4), pp.891-910. ⟨10.1111/j.1468-5965.2009.02009.x⟩. ⟨hal-02510712⟩

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