Logics of Hierarchy
The Organization of Empires, States, and Military Occupation
Publication Year: 2008
In Logics of Hierarchy, Alexander Cooley applies this model to political hierarchies across different cultures, geographical settings, and historical eras to explain a variety of seemingly disparate processes: state formation, imperial governance, and territorial occupation. Cooley illustrates the power of this formal distinction with detailed accounts of the experiences of Central Asian republics in the Soviet and post-Soviet eras, and compares them to developments in the former Yugoslavia, the governance of modern European empires, Korea during and after Japanese occupation, and the recent U.S. occupation of Iraq.
In applying this model, Logics of Hierarchy reveals the varying organizational ability of powerful states to promote institutional transformation in their political peripheries and the consequences of these formations in determining pathways of postimperial extrication and state-building. Its focus on the common organizational problems of hierarchical polities challenges much of the received wisdom about imperialism and postimperialism.
Published by: Cornell University Press
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Title Page, Copyright Page
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List of Figures and Tables
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Although the study of hierarchy is making something of a comebackin the public sphere, as can be seen in a renewed interest with imperi-alism in world politics, its importance as an academic topic is stillfraught with controversy. My research interest in the dynamics ofempires and military occupations, in how hierarchical polities are orga-...
Chapter One: Understanding Hierarchy in International Politics
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A central motivation of the United States in its invasion of Iraqwas to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein and fundamentally changethe domestic political institutions and political culture of an oil-richMiddle Eastern country. Proponents of the campaign argued that Amer-ican military power could and should be wielded in order to promote...
Chapter Two: Forms of Hierarchy: The U-form and M-form
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There are an array of forms associated with functional and territorialmodes of hierarchical organization. Applying the U-form and M-formto various political actors and processes in international politics allowsthe drawing of connections among political organizations usually con-sidered disparate. In both the security and the economic spheres, a...
Chapter Three: The Governance of Hierarchy: Paths of Institutional Formation
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Having defined the concepts of organizational form and applied themto political settings, this chapter examines the causal effects of the U-form and M-form on the governance and institutional formation of aperiphery. Each of these organizational forms is characterized by a rela-tively different set of governance costs, information flow patterns, and...
Chapter Four: An Empirical Illustration: Soviet Central Asia
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Conceptual distinctions among different forms of hierarchy, their char-acteristics, and predictions about their causal effects on patterns of gov-ernance and institutional formation have been set forth. This chapterpresents four sectoral cases—two in security and two in economy—inSoviet Central Asia as empirical illustrations of these conceptual claims....
Chapter Five: The Legacies of Hierarchy: Divergent Paths of Extrication
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The natures of U-form and M-form governance and their effects impartvarying legacies after a hierarchy collapses. Organizational forms gener-ate different types of political institutions and downstream effects. Afterthe original hierarchy collapses, peripheral U-form sectors will becomeinstitutional fragments, with no clear organizational ties to the new core;...
Chapter Six: Comparative Applications: Yugoslavia, Korea, and Iraq
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.... See Ronald Rogowski, Commerce and Coalitions (Princeton: Princeton University Press, ),The previous chapters have sketched out an organizational theory ofhierarchy and advanced the plausibility that it explains some significantdynamics of transnational hierarchies and their legacies. But generatinga theory and illustrating it is not sufficient. As Ronald Rogowski...
Chapter Seven: Hierarchy in a Globalized World
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This book has developed a theory of hierarchy and applied it to variouspolitical settings and theoretical issues in international politics. It haslaid out a unifying theory for the study of political hierarchy across traditional subfields, used it to generate new explanations for certainempirical processes, and provided new explanations and insights into...
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Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2008