Deus ex machina The Process of International Economic Cooperation

  • Peter Ellehøj

Abstract

Plato noted in his book Cratylos that when playwrights encountered difficulties in linking — and explaining — events in their plays, they could fall back on unexpected Divine intervention in these events. The term ‘Deus ex machina’ has been used since then to denote external conflict-solution by some staged actor. Unfortunately, mainstream writings on international economic cooperation seem to have made heavy-handed use of this device. Indeed, in most of the literature, the solving of the conflicts underlying cooperation have been made by means of a ‘black-box’ description of the process itself which emerges out of the blue. The focus has mainly been on the outcome of these negotiations, rather than on the process itself.

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