Title

Bilateralism

Abstract

Bilateralism concerns relations or policies of joint action between two parties. It can be contrasted with unilateralism (where one party acts on its own) and multilateralism (where three or more parties are involved). Typically, the term has applications concerning political, economic, and security matters between two states. Bilateralism has both costs and benefits, and there is a debate on its merits relative to unilateral or multilateral approaches.

Document Type

Book Chapter

ISBN

9780028659657

Publication Date

2008

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning. This book chapter first appeared in International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences.

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