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National Purpose in the World Economy: Post-Soviet States in Comparative Perspective (Cornell Studies in Political Economy) Hardcover – December 29, 2001

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"Abdelal combines considerable theoretical sophistication with extraordinary in-depth empirical grounding. . . . In this outstanding book, Abdelal makes a major contribution to the fields of post-Soviet studies and international political economy."―2002 Marshall Shulman Book Prize citation

"In addition to producing the most compelling available account of the origins of the post-Soviet states' foreign economic policies, Abdelal rescues the study of national identity from realism, develops a coherent and falsifiable constructivist theory of international political economy, and advances our understanding of the dynamics of postimperial spaces. . . . National Purpose in the World Economy is one of the most original and important contributions to the study of international political economy in the last decade. It is theoretically compelling, conceptually elegant, and empirically sound. It should be widely read and debated by anyone interested in international political economy, post-Soviet political economy, imperial governance and dissolution, as well as international relations theory."―Alexander Cooley, Political Science Quarterly, Winter 2002-03

"The work is based on a wide range of English-language literature and on interviews for case study chapters on Belarus, Lithuania, and Ukraine. . . . The theoretical framework and analytical tools in this volume will interest political scientists more than economists. No other recent books have a similar scope and methodology."―Choice, June 2002

"Abdelal's nationalist perspective gives an exciting and important new twist to constructivist theory that deserves to be further explored and expanded. I highly recommend it to international relations scholars, comparativists, and policymakers alike."―Juliet Johnson, Perspectives on Politics, March 2003

"Abdelal provides . . . a subtle and lucid discussion of contending theories (realism, liberalism, and institutionalism on the one side, national identity on the other). . . . He ends by skillfully comparing his three core examples with other end-of-empire episodes in nineteenth-century Europe and postwar Asia and Africa."―Foreign Affairs, May/June 2002

"An excellent example of bringing constructivist theory more fully into political economy."―Mark Blyth, New Political Economy, 2003 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Rawi Abdelal is Associate Professor at Harvard Business School.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cornell Studies in Political Economy
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press (December 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801438799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801438790
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2002 Marshall Shulman Book Prize sponsored by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University is awarded annually by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) for an outstanding monograph on the international behavior of the countries of the former communist bloc.
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In National Purpose in the World Economy: Post-Soviet States in Comparative Perspective, Rawi Abdelal combines considerable theoretical sophistication with extraordinarily in-depth empirical grounding. Asking how states develop foreign economic policy in the aftermath of imperial domination, Abdelal builds a new approach distinct from the dominant realist and liberal paradigms within the field of International Political Economy. He argues that neither statist realism nor economic liberalism captures the importance of national identity, and he demonstrates the power of his nationalist approach by comparing the foreign economic policies developed by Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union. His rich case studies are based on extensive interviewing with the key actors. Finally, lest the readers believe the argument is relevant only to the experience of post-Soviet states, Abdelal concludes with additional evidence from the experience of post-Habsburg Eastern Europe, 1950s Indonesia, and 1960s French West Africa. In this outstanding book, Abdelal makes a major contribution to the fields of post-Soviet studies and international political economy.
The 2002 Marshall Shulman Book Prize was awarded during the AAASS National Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 23, 2002 at the Saturday Reception and Awards Presentation.
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