The Limits of International LawJack L. Goldsmith and Eric A. Posner
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“Refreshing and timely”—The Weekly Standard“A valuable contribution to international relations and a useful book for lawmakers and laymen alike.”—The Weekly Standard"[B]oldly and ambitiously set[s] out to answer a host of traditional questions posed by critics and advocates of international law."—Law and Politics Book Review"Scholars have long debated why and when states comply with international law; one widely held view is that states do so out of a sense of moral obligation or a desire for legitimacy. This elegantly argued book... offers a simpler and more instrumental explanation: states agree to and follow international law only when it is in their national self-interest."—Foreign Affairs“Jack L. Goldsmith and Eric A. Posner boldly and ambitiously set out to answer a host of traditional questions posed by critics and advocates of international law.... As the central theme, the single most distinctive character of the book is the employment of rational choice theory as it relates to international law.... The creativity displayed here should now whet the appetite of other legal scholars to approach the international law and politics relationship from the perspective of prospect theory, or pursuing policy on the fear of losing an objective.”—The Law and Politics Book Review"How much effect does international law actually have on how nations behave? Goldsmith and Posner ask trenchant questions and offer thought-provoking answers in a pioneering effort to address that question through the prism of rational choice theory. There will be a long and vigorous debate about the utility of their approach. Agree with them or not, their boldness and innovation provide a welcome effort at injecting greater analytic rigor into international law scholarship."—Michael J. Glennon, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University"At a time of rising interest in the intersection of international law and international relations