Emory International Law Review


In the study of international relations and international law, compliance failures are often argued to result either due to the gross costs of compliance or as the result of domestic administrative constraints. Using statistical analysis, this case study supports the view that compliance structures that are more likely to capitulate to domestic interest groups'not simply the domestic compliance structures themselves'best explain whether and when a country complies with the WTO's rulings. By drawing on empirical models, the evidence shows that political economic considerations of governments more accurately predict non-compliance as compared to purely capacity constraints.