Friday, March 16, 2007

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The fairest review I will ever receive

It's a busy day at the Drezner household -- I have to decide which of my children to ship to the Economist in gratitude for their review of my book All Politics Is Global (now available at and other fine online retailers!!!). It's subscription only, but here's the good parts version:

Daniel Drezner's “All Politics is Global” is too nuanced and academic for easy reading—but ultimately much more rewarding. Mr Drezner, an associate professor of international politics at Tufts University, focuses on the international institutions and accords that regulate trade. Such regulation, though seemingly arcane at first, in fact determines “how to treat workers, how much to pollute, what can go into our food, what can be accessed on the internet,” and “how much medicine will cost”.

...Mr Drezner believes that what really matter are the domestic preferences of powerful governments: “States make the rules.” This directly contradicts Thomas Friedman's flat-world notion that globalisation has emasculated the state. Mr Friedman's ideas—such as that capitalists worldwide now form an “electronic herd” that tramples down borders—are, according to Mr Drezner, “simple, pithy and wrong”. As evidence, Mr Drezner provides case studies ranging from internet protocols to anti-retroviral drugs. He shows that “great powers cajole and coerce those who disagree with them into accepting the same rulebook.”

....Mr Drezner does not call for the end of such international accords. Rather, he finds that the challenges of the future will be increasingly transnational. As globalisation intensifies, the rewards for co-ordination will increase as well. To achieve success, it is essential not to eliminate international institutions but rather to understand their utility. They are at heart a means for great nations to exert their will in concert. The key to their success lies in convincing the leading governments of the gains from acting in co-operation, rather than isolation, in a volatile but interconnected world—a message that surely applies well beyond the esoteric world of trade regulations.

Hmmmm.... the boy is toilet-trained but the girl has dimples. It's gonna be tough to figure out which one to give away.

posted by Dan on 03.16.07 at 02:17 PM


I clicked on the link and ended up at the Onion??

posted by: Bill on 03.16.07 at 02:17 PM [permalink]

You can always potty train another. Dimples are not so easily reproduced.

posted by: Adrian on 03.16.07 at 02:17 PM [permalink]

DWD: I seem to have trouble using your trackback feature for I keep getting the message "Server said 'You are pinging trackbacks too quickly. Please try again later.'" Please see if this feature is still operative as there have been no recent trackbacks on your site as far as I can tell.

Although I'm sure that there's a whole lot more to your book, the point highlighted by the Economist that states still have a lot of leeway in conducting their affairs in the age of globalization is hardly novel. English authors have covered the same idea extensively in the past, and I wanted to note some of their work which attests to it.

posted by: Emmanuel on 03.16.07 at 02:17 PM [permalink]

For Statecraft
Stephen D. Krasner
National Security Council
“What, if Anything, Can Policymakers Learn From Political Science?”
Inaugural Joseph M. Lepgold Memorial Talk
Sponsored by the Government Department and the School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University
April 25, 2002

posted by: bahadir on 03.16.07 at 02:17 PM [permalink]

Send the girl. Maybe they can teach her to write op-eds.

posted by: Virginia Postrel on 03.16.07 at 02:17 PM [permalink]

Give them below-market-price options on the future income streams of one or the other. Alternatively, you could give them transferable first refusal on the next little Drezner, the possibilities could keep their quants active for years...

posted by: Doug on 03.16.07 at 02:17 PM [permalink]

When she hits twelve, you'll bemoan your missed chance.
(Father of daughter, now thankfully 35)

posted by: bud on 03.16.07 at 02:17 PM [permalink]

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