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A History of Thought on Economic Integration
A History of Thought on Economic Integration
By Fritz Machlup
Columbia University Press, 1977, 323 pp

The relatively recent use of "integration" as a word of power in international relations permits one of the deans of American economics to perform extraordinary acrobatics in this entertaining and valuable volume. Detective work on first use is followed by a brilliantly compact and lucid exposition of the essentials of international economics. Then come an annotated bibliography and biographical dictionary which are a bit idiosyncratic in the choice of entries - but who has a better right? One wishes more attention could have been given to how the word passed into policy in the 1940s as something between "cooperation" and "unification."