Commerce And Coalitions: How Trade Affects Domestic Political Alignments

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Commerce And Coalitions: How Trade Affects Domestic Political Alignments

By Ronald Rogowski
Princeton University Press, 1989
208 pp. $24.50
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An extraordinary amount of research has gone into testing an ingenious theory showing how the effect of foreign trade on domestic politics may vary according to a country's factor endowments (land, labor and capital) in ways quite different from what is frequently supposed. Although Rogowski, of the University of California, Los Angeles, stresses that he is studying only "one current" and that his conclusions are "conjectural and preliminary," he is sure that his theory "contributes powerfully to our understanding of politics." Many people will question some of his judgments about evidence, results and causative connections, but there is no doubt he forces readers to think anew about many issues.

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