"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
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."