The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy

| March 2, 2011
Title: The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy
Editors: Beth A. Simmons, Frank Dobbin, Geoffrey Garrett
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008
Call Number: HF1359 .G5685 2008

“The diffusion of markets and democracy around the world was a defining feature of the late twentieth century. Many social scientists view this economic and political liberalization as the product of independent choices by national governments. This book argues that policy and political changes were influenced heavily by prior actions of external actors: not just other governments, but international organizations and communities of experts. Drawing together insights from economics, sociology, political science and international relations, the contributors focus on four mechanisms by which markets and democracy have diffused through interdependent decision-making: coercion and the impact of powerful countries and international actors; economic competition for markets and investment; learning from experiences of other countries; and emulation among countries. These mechanisms are tested empirically using sophisticated quantitative techniques in areas as diverse as capital account and investment policy, human rights and democratization, and government downsizing, privatization and taxation.”
About the Editors:

Beth Simmons “is Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She received her PhD. from Harvard University in the Department of Government and has taught international relations, international law, and international political economy at Duke University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Harvard.”
Frank Dobbin “joined the Harvard sociology department in February of 2003, after spending fifteen years in the sociology department at Princeton. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1980 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1987. [He] studies organizations, economic behavior, and public policy.

Geoffrey Garrett “is the former Vice Provost and Dean of the International Institute, Director of the Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations, and Professor of Political Science at UCLA… [his] undergraduate education was at the Australian National University (B.A. 1980), and he holds MA (1984) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees from Duke University. [He] has written widely on numerous aspects of the global political economy, including the causes and effects of free trade and capital mobility, economic growth and inequality around the world, the interactions between governments and trade unions, the politics of macroeconomic policy, privatization and the International Monetary Fund, the political structure of the European Union and European monetary integration.”

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