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Reasons Of State: Oil Politics And The Capacities Of American Government
Reasons Of State: Oil Politics And The Capacities Of American Government
By G. John Ikenberry
Cornell University Press, 1988, 213 pp.

To explain the difficulties the U.S. government had in arriving at a workable oil policy after 1973, Professor Ikenberry of Princeton focuses on the inability of the executive branch to impose conditions on the domestic industry or live up to international commitments. He then, somewhat surprisingly, sees "the eventual American resort to market pricing in order to achieve energy adjustment" as an indication of "the importance of the market as an instrument of state capacity," i.e., the ability to carry out governmental purposes.