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Economic Interdependence and War

Dale C. Copeland


Does growing economic interdependence among great powers increase or decrease the chance of conflict and war? Liberals argue that the benefits of trade give states an incentive to stay peaceful. Realists contend that trade compels states to struggle for vital raw materials and markets. Moving beyond the stale liberal–realist debate, this book lays out a dynamic theory of expectations that shows under what specific conditions interstate commerce will reduce or heighten the risk of conflict between nations. Taking a broad look at cases spanning two centuries, from the Napoleonic and Crimean wars ... More

Keywords: economic interdependence, conflict, war, interstate commerce, trade expectations, Sino-American relations, global politics, economic peace, democratic peace

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691161587
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691161587.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dale C. Copeland, author
University of Virginia