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When the Claim Hits: Bilateral Investment Treaties and Bounded Rational Learning

Poulsen, L; Aisbett, E; (2013) When the Claim Hits: Bilateral Investment Treaties and Bounded Rational Learning. World Politics , 65 (2) pp. 273-313. 10.1017/S0043887113000063. Green open access

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Abstract

Using the international investment regime as its point of departure, the article applies notions of bounded rationality to the study of economic diplomacy. Through a multimethod approach, it shows that developing countries often ignored the risks of bilateral investment treaties (bits) until they themselves became subject to an investment treaty claim. Thus the behavior of developing country governments with regard to the international investment regime is consistent with that routinely observed for individuals in experiments and field studies: they tend to ignore high-impact, low-probability risks if they cannot bring specific “vivid” instances to mind.

Type: Article
Title: When the Claim Hits: Bilateral Investment Treaties and Bounded Rational Learning
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0043887113000063
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0043887113000063
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Trustees of Princeton University 2013.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1471860
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