Cutting the Gordian Knot of Economic Reform: When and How International Institutions Help by Leonardo BacciniCutting the Gordian Knot of Economic Reform: When and How International Institutions Help by Leonardo Baccini

Cutting the Gordian Knot of Economic Reform: When and How International Institutions Help

byLeonardo Baccini, Johannes Urpelainen

Hardcover | October 28, 2014

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Why do leaders of countries opt to sign on to international institutions that constrain their freedom to enact domestic policy? In this book, Leonardo Baccini and Johannes Urpelainen address this enduring question of international relations by looking at liberal economic reforms. During the past two decades, governments across the developing world have implemented many liberal economic reforms that reduce direct state intervention in different industries, for example with regard to intellectual property rights and privatization. While failure to implement them can havedisastrous economic and political consequences, liberal economic reforms have also provoked intense political controversy domestically. Baccini and Urpelainen argue that international institutions help to cut this Gordian knot by allowing leaders to credibly commit to liberal policies while alsocreating domestic political support for reform. The book takes a comparative look at developing countries that have engaged in treaties with the United States and European Union to develop a full theory of when and how leaders enter into international institutions to effect economic reform.Cutting the Gordian Knot of Economic Reform is the first work to provide a theory on the design of international institutions, the circumstances that cause leaders to form international institutions, and the effects of international institutions on economic reform.
Leonardo Baccini is Assistant Professor of International Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Johannes Urpelainen is Associate Professor of Political Science at Columbia University.
Title:Cutting the Gordian Knot of Economic Reform: When and How International Institutions HelpFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199388997

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Table of Contents

List of FiguresList of Tables1. Introduction2. When and How International Institutions Promote Economic Reform3. Preferential Trading Agreements as Helpful International Institutions4. Design of Preferential Trading Agreements5. Formation of Preferential Trading Agreements6. Economic Reform and Preferential Trading Agreements7. Explaining Economic Reform in Croatia and South Africa8. Agreements and Reforms without Democratization: Chile and Columbia9. ConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Baccini and Urpelainen marshal an impressive array of evidence to support a novel and surprising theory of the dynamics of economic reform. Preferential trading agreements are not merely steps towards incremental trade liberalization. Instead, PTAs are important levers of domestic reform,allowing leaders to do two things: make credible commitments that they otherwise could not and buy support from interests who would otherwise be implacably opposed." --Philip Keefer, Development Research Group, The World Bank