Introduction
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This book analyses the part that the international economy has played in the success and failures of democracies since the beginning of the inter-war years. It stands back from the literature on globalisation and American empire, and situates its analysis historically, both in terms of the practical development of the international economy over time and in an earlier language of political analysis, reason of state, which stressed the importance of the external world to the endurance of state authority and power. Then, the book explains how representative democracies have fared since the political problems emerged during the inter-war years through the attempt at Bretton Woods to foreclose them and the return of such capital movements over the past thirty years. It addresses a relatively large set of democracies in different periods of time in different parts of the world, and finally provides an overview of the chapters included.

Might, right, prosperity and consent

Representative democracy and the international economy 1919–2001

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