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Overview

How do national identities affect the world economy? Building on the insight that nationalisms and national identities endow economic policy with social purpose, Rawi Abdelal proposes a novel theoretical framework, a distinctively Nationalist perspective on international political economy, to answer this question. Using this framework, and drawing on field research in Lithuania, Ukraine, and Belarus, he provides an in-depth look at the link between national identity and the economic policies of the new states formed by the breakup of the Soviet Union.All these states, from the Baltic coast to central Asia, were economically dependent on Russia during the 1990s. However, they reacted very differently to that dependence, and their reactions can be traced, Abdelal contends, to their individual societies. Some, such as Belarus, found dependence inevitable and sought economic reintegration with Russia. Others, like Lithuania, interpreted dependence as a large-scale security threat and reoriented their economies away from Russia. A third group, typified by Ukraine, demonstrated no coherent economic policy at all regarding dependence.Abdelal distinguishes the Nationalist tradition in international political economy from the Realist tradition, and shows that economic nationalism is different than mercantilism. He demonstrates the ways that national identity affects economic policy and explains why some governments seek economic autonomy while others prefer regional reintegration. He then applies his approach to other cases of economic reorganization after the end of empire—eastern Europe in the 1920s after the Habsburgs, 1950s Indonesia, and French West Africa in the 1960s.
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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

Choice
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.
Juliet Johnson
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.
Perspectives on Politics
Foreign Affairs
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.
Mark Blyth
An excellent example of [bringing] constructivist theory more fully into political economy.
New Political Economy
Business Horizons
A novel theoretical framework examines the link between national identity and the economic policies of the new states formed by the breakup of the USSR.
Randall W. Stone
This is a challenging and informative book. It makes a strong case for paying attention to national identity when we try to explain the foreign economic policies of new nation-states.
Slavic Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801489778
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Cornell Studies in Political Economy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Nation, state, and economy 1
2 A nationalist perspective on international political economy 24
3 Economic relations among post-Soviet states 45
4 Lithuania : toward Europe and the West 84
5 Ukraine : between East and West 103
6 Belarus : toward Russia and the East 127
7 Political economy after empire 150
8 Conclusions 202
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    Posted February 21, 2003

    Winner of the 2002 AAASS Marshall Shulman Book Prize

    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. The award committee wrote: 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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