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The Liberal Illusion: Does Trade Promote Peace? Katherine Barbieri

The Liberal Illusion: Does Trade Promote Peace?

Katherine Barbieri

Published March 23rd 2005
ISBN : 9780472030767
200 pages
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A very important and long-awaited major contribution to the debate . . . Her work cannot be ignored.--Nils Petter Gleditsch, Journal of Peace ResearchBarbieri builds on a solid foundation of work on trade and conflict and specifies the conditions under which trade reduces and increases conflict. . . . The bottom line is that this is an important book in the study of trade and conflict because of its comprehensive approach.--Kathy L. Powers, Perspectives on PoliticsBarbieris analysis reveals the fundamental and intellectual weaknesses of the various arguments on this topic. [A] solid and timely contribution to the literature--ChoiceThe Liberal Illusion sheds light on an increasingly important question in international relations scholarship and the domain of policy making-whether international trade promotes peace. By examining a broad range of theories about trades impact on interstate relations and undertaking a set of empirical analyses of the trade-conflict puzzle, Katherine Barbieri provides a comprehensive assessment of the liberal view that trade promotes peace. Barbieris stunning conclusions depart from conventional wisdom in international relations. Consequently, The Liberal Illusion serves as an important counterargument and a warning call to policymakers who rely upon trade-based strategies to promote peace, strategies that appear to offer little hope of achieving their goals.