Rewarding bad behavior

  • 1999-07-22
  • By Paul Goble
Governments routinely reward other states that cooperate on common goals with aid, diplomatic support and other forms of favor. Indeed, both these rewards and the expectation of them often make significant contributions to stability. But when some states conclude that they can extract even greater rewards by failing to cooperate or even by seeking to frustrate the policies of those who provide them with help, there is the risk that these states will decide that bad behavior works and hence will engage in more of it. And that in turn may set the stage both for even more concessions by donor ...
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