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The Venture Capital State

by Robyn Klingler-Vidra Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Silicon Valley has become shorthand for a globally acclaimed way to unleash the creative potential of venture capital, supporting innovation and creating jobs. In The Venture Capital State Robyn Klingler-Vidra...


Taming Japan's Deflation

by Gene Park, Saori N. Katada, Giacomo Chiozza & Yoshiko Kojo Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Bolder economic policy could have addressed bouts of deflation in post-Bubble Japanese history, write Gene Park, Saori N. Katada, Giacomo Chiozza, and Yoshiko Kojo in Taming Japan’s Deflation. Despite warnings...


Politics under the Influence

by Anna L. Bailey Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

"You know just how serious a problem alcoholism has become for our country. Frankly speaking, it has taken on the proportions of a national disaster." So spoke Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2009 as the...


Good Governance Gone Bad

by Darius Ornston Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

If we believe that the small, open economies of Nordic Europe are paragons of good governance, why are they so prone to economic crisis? In Good Governance Gone Bad, Darius Ornston provides evidence that adapting...


Reasons of State

by G. John Ikenberry Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

In this lucid and theoretically sophisticated book, G. John Ikenberry focuses on the oil price shocks of 1973–74 and 1979, which placed extraordinary new burdens on governments worldwide and particularly on...


Power, Protection, and Free Trade

by David A. Lake Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Why do nations so frequently abandon unrestricted international commerce in favor of trade protectionism? David A. Lake contends that the dominant explanation, interest group theory, does not adequately explain...


Participation without Democracy

by Garry Rodan Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

Over the past quarter century new ideologies of participation and representation have proliferated across democratic and non-democratic regimes. In Participation without Democracy, Garry Rodan breaks new conceptual...


Order at the Bazaar

by Regine A. Spector Cornell University Press (July 03, 2017)

Order at the Bazaar delves into the role of bazaars in the political economy and development of Central Asia. Bazaars are the economic bedrock for many throughout the region—they are the entrepreneurial hubs...


The Development Dance

by Haley J. Swedlund Cornell University Press (August 09, 2017)

In a book full of directly applicable lessons for policymakers, Haley J. Swedlund explores why foreign aid is delivered in different ways at different times, and why various approaches prove to be politically...


Rare Earth Frontiers

by Julie Michelle Klinger Cornell University Press (January 15, 2018)

Rare Earth Frontiers is a work of human geography that serves to demystify the powerful elements that make possible the miniaturization of electronics, green energy and medical technologies, and essential telecommunications...


Shaken Authority

by Christian P. Sorace Cornell University Press (May 09, 2017)

In Shaken Authority, Christian P. Sorace examines the political mechanisms at work in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and the broader ideological energies that drove them. Sorace takes Communist...


The End of the West

by Jeffrey J. Anderson, G. John Ikenberry & Thomas Risse Cornell University Press

The past several years have seen strong disagreements between the U.S. government and many of its European allies. News accounts of these challenges focus on isolated incidents and points of contention. The...


Regulating Capital

by David Andrew Singer Cornell University Press

Financial instability threatens the global economy. The volatility of capital movements across national borders has led many observers to argue for a reformed "global financial architecture," a body of consistent...


States and the Reemergence of Global Finance

by Eric Helleiner Cornell University Press (July 14, 2015)

Most accounts explain the postwar globalization of financial markets as a product of unstoppable technological and market forces. Drawing on extensive historical research, Eric Helleiner provides the first comprehensive...


Constructing the International Economy

by Rawi Abdelal, Mark Blyth & Craig Parsons Cornell University Press

Focusing empirically on how political and economic forces are always mediated and interpreted by agents, both in individual countries and in the international sphere, Constructing the International Economy sets...


Reprogramming Japan

by Marie Anchordoguy Cornell University Press (August 12, 2015)

How have state policies influenced the development of Japan's telecommunications, computer hardware, computer software, and semiconductor industries and their stagnation since the 1990s? Marie Anchordoguy's...


Inequality and Prosperity

by Jonas Pontusson Cornell University Press

What are the relative merits of the American and European socioeconomic systems? Long-standing debates have heated up in recent years with the expansion of the European Union and increasingly sharp political...


Regime Shift

by T. J. Pempel Cornell University Press

The Liberal Democratic Party, which dominated postwar Japan, lost power in the early 1990s. During that same period, Japan's once stellar economy suffered stagnation and collapse. Now a well-known commentator...


National Interests in International Society

by Martha Finnemore Cornell University Press

How do states know what they want? Asking how interests are defined and how changes in them are accommodated, Martha Finnemore shows the fruitfulness of a constructivist approach to international politics. She...


Central Banks and Gold

by Simon James Bytheway & Mark Metzler Cornell University Press (November 16, 2016)

In recent decades, Tokyo, London, and New York have been the sites of credit bubbles of historically unprecedented magnitude. Central bankers have enjoyed almost unparalleled power and autonomy. They have cooperated...


A Most Enterprising Country

by Justin V. Hastings Cornell University Press (November 24, 2016)

North Korea has survived the end of the Cold War, massive famine, numerous regional crises, punishing sanctions, and international stigma. In A Most Enterprising Country, Justin V. Hastings explores the puzzle...


Violent Entrepreneurs

by Vadim Volkov Cornell University Press (March 25, 2016)

Entering the shady world of what he calls "violent entrepreneurship," Vadim Volkov explores the economic uses of violence and coercion in Russia in the 1990s. Violence has played, he shows, a crucial role in...


How States Pay for Wars

by Rosella Cappella Zielinski Cornell University Press (July 01, 2016)

Armies fight battles, states fight wars. To focus solely on armies is to neglect the broader story of victory and defeat. Military power stems from an economic base, and without wealth, soldiers cannot be paid,...


How China Escaped the Poverty Trap

by Yuen Yuen Ang Cornell University Press (August 01, 2016)

Before markets opened in 1978, China was an impoverished planned economy governed by a Maoist bureaucracy. In just three decades it evolved into the world's second-largest economy and is today guided by highly...


Strategic Coupling

by Henry Wai-Chung Yeung Cornell University Press (April 22, 2016)

In Strategic Coupling, Henry Wai-chung Yeung examines economic development and state-firm relations in East Asia, focusing in particular on South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore. As a result of the massive changes...


Everyday Piety

by Sarah A. Tobin Cornell University Press (January 07, 2016)

Working and living as an authentic Muslim—comporting oneself in an Islamically appropriate way—in the global economy can be very challenging. How do middle-class Muslims living in the Middle East navigate...


Chinese Economic Statecraft

by William J. Norris Cornell University Press (February 18, 2016)

In Chinese Economic Statecraft, William J. Norris introduces an innovative theory that pinpoints how states employ economic tools of national power to pursue their strategic objectives. Norris shows what Chinese...


From Convergence to Crisis

by Alison Johnston Cornell University Press (May 19, 2016)

What explains Eurozone member-states' divergent exposure to Europe’s sovereign debt crisis? Deviating from current fiscal and financial views, From Convergence to Crisis focuses on labor markets in a narrative...


Varietals of Capitalism

by Xabier Itçaina, Antoine Roger & Andy Smith Cornell University Press (February 01, 2016)

Varietals of Capitalism shows that politics is an omnipresent part of the economics of wine and of economic activity in general. Based on a four-year research project encompassing fieldwork in France, Spain,...


The Depths of Russia

by Douglas Rogers Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

Russia is among the world's leading oil producers, sitting atop the planet's eighth largest reserves. Like other oil-producing nations, it has been profoundly transformed by the oil industry. In The Depths of...


Small States in World Markets

by Peter J. Katzenstein Cornell University Press

By the early 1980s the average American had a lower standard of living than the average Norwegian or Dane. Standards of living in the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, and Austria also rivaled those...


The Price of Wealth

by Kiren Aziz Chaudhry Cornell University Press (November 06, 2015)

The emerging consensus that institutions shape political and economic outcomes has produced few theories of institutional change and no defensible theory of institutional origination. Kiren Aziz Chaudhry shows...


Capitalism without Democracy

by Kellee S. Tsai Cornell University Press

Over the past three decades, China has undergone a historic transformation. Once illegal, its private business sector now comprises 30 million businesses employing more than 200 million people and accounting...


Subterranean Estates

by Hannah Appel, Arthur Mason & Michael Watts Cornell University Press (May 26, 2015)

“Oil is a fairy tale, and, like every fairy tale, is a bit of a lie.”—Ryzard Kapuscinski, Shah of Shahs

The scale and reach of the global oil and gas industry, valued at several trillions of dollars, is...


Housing the New Russia

by Jane R. Zavisca Cornell University Press

In Housing the New Russia, Jane R. Zavisca examines Russia's attempts to transition from a socialist vision of housing, in which the government promised a separate, state-owned apartment for every family, to...


Taming Tibet

by Emily Yeh Cornell University Press

The violent protests in Lhasa in 2008 against Chinese rule were met by disbelief and anger on the part of Chinese citizens and state authorities, perplexed by Tibetans’ apparent ingratitude for the generous...


Betting on Biotech

by Joseph Wong Cornell University Press

After World War II, several late-developing countries registered astonishingly high growth rates under strong state direction, making use of smart investment strategies, turnkey factories, and reverse-engineering,...


The Power of Inaction

by Cornelia Woll Cornell University Press (April 17, 2014)

Bank bailouts in the aftermath of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the onset of the Great Recession brought into sharp relief the power that the global financial sector holds over national politics, and provoked...


American Inc.?

by Linda Weiss Cornell University Press (March 29, 2014)

For more than half a century, the United States has led the world in developing major technologies that drive the modern economy and underpin its prosperity. In America, Inc., Linda Weiss attributes the U.S....


The New Masters of Capital

by Timothy J. Sinclair Cornell University Press (July 31, 2014)

In The New Masters of Capital, Timothy J. Sinclair examines a key aspect of the global economy—the rating agencies. In the global economy, trust is formalized in the daily operations of such firms as Moody's...


America's First Great Depression

by Alasdair Roberts Cornell University Press

For a while, it seemed impossible to lose money on real estate. But then the bubble burst. The financial sector was paralyzed and the economy contracted. State and federal governments struggled to pay their...


Two Crises, Different Outcomes

by T. J. Pempel & Keiichi Tsunekawa Cornell University Press (January 26, 2015)

Two Crises, Different Outcomes examines East Asian policy reactions to the two major crises of the last fifteen years: the global financial crisis of 2008–9 and the Asian financial crisis of 1997–98. The...


When Small States Make Big Leaps

by Darius Ornston Cornell University Press

At the close of the twentieth century, Denmark, Finland, and Ireland emerged as unlikely centers for high-tech competition. In When Small States Make Big Leaps, Darius Ornston reveals how these historically...


Prosper or Perish

by Lynette H. Ong Cornell University Press

The official banking institutions for rural China are Rural Credit Cooperatives (RCCs). Although these co-ops are mandated to support agricultural development among farm households, since 1980 half of RCC loans...


A Europe made of money

by Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol Cornell University Press

A Europe Made of Money is a new history of the making of the European Monetary System (EMS), based on extensive archive research. Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol highlights two long-term processes in the monetary and...


Welfare through Work

by Mari Miura Cornell University Press

High economic growth and relatively equitable distribution were among the most conspicuous characteristics of the postwar Japanese political economy. The lure of the Japanese model, however, has faded since...


Capital as Will and Imagination

by Mark Metzler Cornell University Press (April 15, 2013)

With this book, Mark Metzler continues his investigation into the economic history of twentieth-century Japan that he began in Lever of Empire. In Capital as Will and Imagination, he focuses on the successful...


Corruption as a Last Resort

by Kelly M. McMann Cornell University Press (October 30, 2014)

Why do ordinary people engage in corruption? Kelly M. McMann contends that bureaucrats, poverty, and culture do not force individuals in Central Asia to pay bribes, use connections, or sell political support....


Spoils of Truce

by Reinoud Leenders Cornell University Press

In Spoils of Truce, Reinoud Leenders documents the extensive corruption that accompanied the reconstruction of Lebanon after the end of a decade and a half of civil war. With the signing of the Ta'if peace accord...


How Russia Really Works

by Alena V. Ledeneva Cornell University Press

During the Soviet era, blat—the use of personal networks for obtaining goods and services in short supply and for circumventing formal procedures—was necessary to compensate for the inefficiencies of socialism....