Regional Orders at Century's Dawn

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ISBN-13: 978-0691058801
ISBN-10: 0691058806
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"A penetrating and timely contribution to the literature on international and regional conflict."--Choice

"[This book] bridges the divide between international political economy and security studies. . . . A new explanation for regional conflict and cooperation. . . . One of Solingen's main contributions is to offer a causal mechanism that can account for peace among democratic and nondemocratic dyads."--Miriam Fendius Elman, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Studies Review

"A sophisticated theoretical interpretation of internationalism at the end of the century."--Anthony Smith, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, Contemporary Southeast Asia

"A refreshing challenge to some conventional wisdoms."--Helge Hveem, University of Oslo, Australian Journal of Political Science

"A bold and innovative attempt to suggest a grand theory of foreign policy and international relations."--Arie M. Kacowicz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Political Science Quarterly

About the Author

Etel Solingen is Professor of Politics and Society at the University of California, Irvine. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Princeton Studies in International History and Politics
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (August 24, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691058806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691058801
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,203,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Kevin Hill on February 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
Solingen tackles the question of the causes of war in the late 20th and early 21st century by comparing the empirical evidence for competing international relations research programs (realism, democratic peace hypothesis) with her own view, which proves to be not only surprising and intuitively compelling, but well supported by the facts. Briefly, she argues that there are two basic strategies for dealing with globalization (emergence of strong, extensive international markets): embrace or resistance. Both strategies have self-interested factions within their polities competing with each other for control of the state. Coalitions which embrace international markets find that they have cooperating partners in adjacent states with similar motives, and a preponderance of states controlled by such coalitions in a region leads to peace. By contrast, coalitions with self-interested reasons for resisting trade tend to be aligned with military interests (and the ideological groups that support them: secular and religious nationalists) that regard their counterparts in adjacent states as competitors rather than cooperators. Consequently, regions in which trade resistance dominates tend to be regions of war. Solingen's surprising claim is that the degree to which democracy takes hold is irrelevant, thus refuting in advance a central theme of Bush administration policy.

The themes of self-interested coalitions, and fundamental choices to compete or cooperate, lend the book an overall "game-theoretic" flavor. And yet the book is wonderfully clear and non-technical.
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