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Why do countries differ so greatly in their patterns of political cleavage and coalition? Extending some basic findings of economic theories of international trade, Ronald Rogowski suggests a startling new answer. Testing his hypothesis chiefly against the evidence of the last century and a half, but extending it also to the ancient world and the sixteenth century, he finds a surprising degree of confirmation and some intriguing exceptions.
Winner of the 1992 Best Book Award of the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association
"This is a stimulating and thought-provoking book that should attract a wide readership in several disciplines."--American Historical Review