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“Logrolling” in Antarctic governance: limits and opportunities


McGee, J and Arpi, BA and Jackson, A, 'Logrolling' in Antarctic governance: limits and opportunities, Polar Record, 56 Article e34. ISSN 0032-2474 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S003224742000039X


The Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) is considered a successful example of international governance as it has managed tensions over sovereignty claims, avoided militarisation and dealt with marine resources and environmental protection. Recently, China’s influence and assertiveness in many international institutions have significantly grown. What effect this shift in the international politics will have upon Antarctic governance remains to be seen. However, to further thinking on this issue we explore two current case studies that reveal pressure points within the ATS. First, in the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, Australia has proposed marine protected areas off East Antarctica, to which China and several other states have objected. Second, in the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings, China has proposed special management arrangements for the area around the "Kunlun" station, to which Australia and several other states have objected. Negotiation theory suggests "logrolling" (i.e. trade of mutual decision-making support across issue areas) can be an effective strategy to avoid diplomatic deadlocks. We therefore consider the merits of a logrolling strategy for the above issues. We find that while a logrolling strategy in the ATS might facilitate short-term diplomatic success, it would carry significant risks, including the weakening of existing norms.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctic Treaty System, negotiation strategy, logrolling, MPAs, area management
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:International and comparative law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:Defence and security policy
UTAS Author:McGee, J (Associate Professor Jeffrey McGee)
UTAS Author:Arpi, BA (Mr Bruno Arpi)
UTAS Author:Jackson, A (Dr Andrew Jackson)
ID Code:141932
Year Published:2020
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP190101214)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2020-12-03
Last Modified:2021-04-29
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