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Economic Sanctions
Economic Sanctions
By Robin Renwick
Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 1981, 118 pp

A British diplomat looks at several historical examples of economic sanctions, unilaterally or collectively imposed, with a view to judging their effectiveness in changing the policies of the target country. His prime case history is that of Rhodesia, which exhibited all the difficulties an international effort may be expected to encounter. The study, brief as it is, is well defined and argued. The author notes, rightly, that despite the uncertainty and limitations of the economic weapon, governments continue to use it, generally with little attention to past experience and insufficient calculation of possible results.