The Liberal Illusion
Does Trade Promote Peace?
Publication Year: 2002
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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This book project began nearly a decade ago as research undertaken in my first year of graduate school and continued through my doctoral dissertation. Since that time, the book has changed considerably thanks to the input of countless individuals who have commented on various aspects of my research. Unfortunately, it is dificult to recount all those...
Chapter 1. Introduction
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The natural effect of commerce is to bring about peace. Two nationswhich trade together, render themselves reciprocally dependent; ifthe one has an interest in buying and the other has an interest in sell-It is really difficult to understand the claim of the free-traders who imagine that the more advantageous application of capital will abol-...
Chapter 2. Theories of the Trade-Conflict Relationship
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Before turning to specific propositions about the trade-conflict relationship, I assess the central differences in the theoretical debates that drive the study of international relations. The theoretical perspective one embraces may affect his or her approach to analyzing the trade-conflict relationship. Of course, this fact is not peculiar to this field; scholars rec-...
Chapter 3. Investigating the Commercial Peace
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The theories presented in chapter 2 suggest a number of competing propositions about the trade-conflict relationship. Scholars have begun to apply social-scientific techniques to investigating the relative accuracy of these alternative portrayals of the trade-conflict relationship. However,the evidence produced from such efforts remains limited and mixed....
Chapter 4. Interdependence, Negotiation, and Escalation
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The empirical evidence presented in chapter 3 suggests that interdependent dyads are more likely than others to engage in militarized disputes. Does this mean that liberal assumptions about trade’s pacifying and unifying power are completely unfounded? We know that trade ties fail to prevent the outbreak of militarized conflicts, but the question remains...
Chapter 5. Alternative Levels of Analysis:The Nation-State and the System
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Throughout this study, I have focused on the impact of trade on dyadic relationships in order to look within the international system to determine whether variations in the trade-conflict relationship exist. However, people tend to portray discussions about trade as equally applicable to all relationships, including those between people, classes, communi-...
Chapter 6. Conclusions
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I began this study by posing a few simple questions concerning trade’s impact on interstate relations, with the primary question being. Does trade promote peace? To address this question, I argued that it was necessary to investigate a more spatially and temporally diverse group ofinterstate relations than had previously been considered. In addition, I...
Appendix A. Notes on Trade Data
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Appendix B. Major Power Trade
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Page Count: 200
Illustrations: 6 drawings, 19 tables
Publication Year: 2002