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The Law and Politics of International Regime Conflict$
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Dirk Pulkowski

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199689330

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689330.001.0001

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Regime Conflict as Goal Conflict

Regime Conflict as Goal Conflict

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The Law and Politics of International Regime Conflict

Dirk Pulkowski

Oxford University Press

Legal pluralism can shed light on the root causes of the differentiation of the international order into various regimes. It also offers insights into a particular dimension of regime conflict, i.e. regime conflicts often reflect contradictions among different societal goals. This chapter examines the relevance of the pluralistic perspective based on the case study of trade in cultural products. It first explores the customary policy justifications for ‘cultural diversity’ and ‘free trade’, and identifies the extent to which these justifications are mutually compatible with each other. Each of these policy goals can be associated with a particular treaty arrangement of international law: cultural diversity with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Cultural Diversity Convention (CDC), and the unhindered trade in cultural products with the World Trade Organization (WTO) system.

Keywords:   international law, regime conflict, cultural products, cultural diversity, free trade, UNESCO, Cultural Diversity Convention, WTO, legal pluralism

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