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Voluntary ProgramsA Club Theory Perspective$
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Matthew Potoski and Aseem Prakash

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262162500

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262162500.001.0001

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The Kimberley Process, Club Goods, and Public Enforcement of a Private Regime

The Kimberley Process, Club Goods, and Public Enforcement of a Private Regime

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Voluntary Programs

Virginia Haufler

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By focusing on the diamond industry, this chapter examines the Kimberley Process through the lens of the club approach to voluntary programs. It is observed that the commitment to enforce strict standards of the importation and exportation of diamonds without certification is largely due to a particular state’s participation in the Kimberley Process. The chapter gives a brief history of how the United Nations took action to attack these conflict diamonds and how the regulation of the supply of diamonds created an illusion of scarcity. An outline of the creation, benefits, and weaknesses of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is expounded on in the chapter, which concludes by asserting that the KPCS remains an innovative means of resolving social problems through voluntary action.

Keywords:   diamond industry, conflict diamonds, Kimberley Process, KPCS, voluntary programs, voluntary action

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