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Constructing the International Economy (Cornell Studies in Political Economy) 1st Edition

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"Constructing the International Economy is an impassioned, compelling case for stepping back from the realist view of the modern economy to understand how its institutions, practices, and theories have been constructed by human agents. Three of the most innovative scholars of the international economy, Rawi Abdelal, Mark Blyth, and Craig Parsons, bring together in this engaging and timely book a series of cutting-edge studies from dynamic and creative young researchers."―Frank Dobbin, Harvard University

"Constructing the International Economy makes an important statement as to why constructivist social theory needs to be applied to the field of international political economy. The editors are to be commended for structuring the volume in such a way that it captures all forms of constructivism, which both enriches the book's insights and creates opportunities for conversation."―Jeffrey T. Checkel, Professor of International Studies and Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security, Simon Fraser University

About the Author

Rawi Abdelal is Professor at Harvard Business School. He is the author of National Purpose in the World Economy: Post-Soviet States in Comparative Perspective (2001) and Capital Rules: The Construction of Global Finance (2007).

Mark Blyth is associate professor of political science at the Johns Hopkins University and the author of Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century.

Craig Parsons is interested in the ideas and institutions that came together to construct today's Europe. His first book, "A Certain Idea of Europe" (Cornell University Press, 2003), focused on how certain political principles out-battled others in the construction of the European Union. He has also
led three edited-book projects, respectively on EU politics (Oxford University Press, 2005), immigration in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and "constructivist" political economy (under review). His next major research project will move further back in history to trace ideas about
democracy in Britain, France, and Germany in the 19th and early 20th centuries, under the title, "The Cultural Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy."

Product Details

  • Series: Cornell Studies in Political Economy
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (May 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801475880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801475887
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overall, this book is excellent. It recognizes that modern macroeconomics is an empty tautology based on SEU (Subjective expected utility) theory so that all decision makers are able to specify exact probabilities for all relevant outcomes and identify all outcomes.This is the defihition of " rational" currently used by all mainstream schools of economics. It is essentially just a development of Jeremy Bentham's approach from the 1790's.
The authors' are incorrect ,however, in their belief that ":...Concerning uncertainty, Keynes's and Hayek's perspectives are particularly insightful and have much in common with the perspectives adopted by economic sociology.Like Frank Knight ,both writers made the role of radical uncertainty explicit and addressed the related questions of epistemology" (p.139).Hayek argues that each individual has only a small piece of the total relevant evidence. This could be linked to Keynes's weight of the evidence ,w. Each decision maker has a w <1.Unfortunately, Hayek then argues that market prices take all of the tiny ,dispersed pieces of information and concentrate it in a form that allows savvy,smart entrepreneurs to identify the correct decision to make.These concentrated price vectors eliminate the problem of uncertainty..The problem of uncertainty is solved as long as there is no government interference in the market price mechanism..GLS Shackle deserted Hayek in the mid 1930's precisely because Shackle realized that Hayek was claiming that market prices solved the problem of uncertainty.
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Great introduction for anyone interested in constructivist analysis and political economy. Could be interesting and appropriate for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and faculty alike.
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