The Most Important Book on the Most Important Topic of Our Day: A Review of after War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy, by Christopher J. Coyne

3 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2008  

Peter J. Boettke

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Abstract

Efforts to export democracy and liberty through military intervention have often been ineffective and have resulted in unintended and undesirable consequences. Countries are free because of belief systems, and institutions that follow from those beliefs, which support and reinforce political and economic freedom. Rational constructivist attempts at nation building are therefore likely to fail in places where there is no tradition of such beliefs and institutions. In this superb book Coyne argues that principled non-interventionism and free trade have historically had the greatest degree of success and should be our guiding policies today.

Suggested Citation

Boettke, Peter J., The Most Important Book on the Most Important Topic of Our Day: A Review of after War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy, by Christopher J. Coyne. Economic Affairs, Vol. 28, Issue 2, pp. 70-72, June 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1141481 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0270.2008.00830.x

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