Henry E. Hale, The George Washington University
“In Alien Rule, Michael Hechter builds on his path-breaking work on nationalism to develop a provocative new argument – that alien governance might actually be better than native governance. In an era of foreign bailouts and military occupations, the argument is sure to stir up debate, particularly the conclusion of the book that an ‘international governance market’ might provide better solutions to problems of state failure than other alternatives that people, states, and international organizations have considered to date.”
Nicholas Sambanis, Yale University
"Over the course of his career, Michael Hechter has examined the subtle interplay between dynamics of collective action and national identify formation and mobilization. Alien Rule is perhaps the most ambitious in this line of works in its scope … The simply posed puzzle, Hechter’s disarmingly straight forward explanation, and a rabble-rousing selection of cases make the book a vital contribution to the analytical literature on empires, international hierarchy, and the sociology of organizations more broadly."
Alexander Cooley, Perspectives on Politics