The Liberal Illusion

Does Trade Promote Peace?
Katherine Barbieri
A powerful refutation of the assumption that international trade automatically promotes world peace


The Liberal Illusion sheds light on an increasingly important question in international relations scholarship and policy making—whether international trade promotes peace. Finding only limited empirical support for the long-standing liberal hypothesis, Barbieri's conclusions depart from many in the field. The Liberal Illusion serves as an important counterargument and a warning call to policymakers who rely upon trade-based strategies to promote peace—strategies that appear to offer little hope of achieving their goals.

Katherine Barbieri is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina.

Praise / Awards

  • "Barbieri's analysis reveals the fundamental and intellectual weaknesses of the various arguments on this topic. [A] solid and timely contribution to the literature. . ."
    —M. Veseth, University of Puget Sound, Choice, September 2003

  • ". . . liberals and others will be scrutinizing her models and analyses in the years to come. Her work cannot be ignored."
    —Nils Petter Gleditsch, Journal of Peace Research, Volume 40, No. 1 (2003)

  • "Barbieri builds on a solid foundation of work on trade and conflict and specifies the conditions under which trade reduces and increases conflict. . . . The bottom line is that this is an important book in the study of trade and conflict because of its comprehensive approach."
    Perspectives on Politics

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 200pp.
  • 6 drawings, 19 tables.
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  • Paper
  • 2005
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-03076-7

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  • $28.95 U.S.

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