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Constructing the International Economy


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Introduction: Constructing the International Economy by Rawi Abdelal, Mark Blyth, and Craig Parsons PART I. MEANING 1. Shrinking the State: Neoliberal Economists and Social Spending in Latin America by Jeffrey M. Chwieroth 2. The Meaning of Development: Constructing the World Bank's Good Governance Agenda by Catherine Weaver 3. Institutionalized Hypocrisy and the Politics of Agricultural Trade by Mlada Bukovansky PART II. COGNITION 4. Frames, Scripts, and the Making of Regional Trade Areas by Francesco Duina 5. Imagined Economies: Constructivist Political Economy, Nationalism, and Economic-based Sovereignty Movements in Russia by Yoshiko M. Herrera PART III. UNCERTAINTY 6. Firm Interests in Uncertain Times: Business Lobbying in Multilateral Service Liberalization by Cornelia Woll 7. Trade-offs and Trinities: Social Forces and Monetary Cooperation by Wesley W. Widmaier PART IV. SUBJECTIVITY 8. Moby Dick or Moby Doll? Discourse, or How to Study the "Social Construction of" All the Way Down by Charlotte Epstein 9. Bringing Power Back In: The IMF's Constructivist Strategy in Critical Perspective by Jacqueline Best 10. The Ethical Investor, Embodied Economies, and International Political Economy by Paul Langley Re-constructing IPE: Some Conclusions Drawn from a Crisis by Rawi Abdelal, Mark Blyth, and Craig Parsons References Index

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Rawi Abdelal is Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is author of National Purpose in the World Economy, also from Cornell, and Capital Rules. Mark Blyth is Professor of International Political Economy at Brown University and editor most recently of Routledge Handbook of International Political Economy (IPE). Craig Parsons is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon and author of books including A Certain Idea of Europe, also from Cornell, and How to Map Arguments in Political Science.


"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

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