Economic Interdependence and International Conflict

New Perspectives on an Enduring Debate
Edward D. Mansfield and Brian M. Pollins, Editors
A cutting-edge collection of essays on the critical question of the relationship between economic interdependence and conflict among states


The claim that open trade promotes peace has sparked heated debate among scholars and policymakers for centuries. Until recently, however, this claim remained untested and largely unexplored. Economic Interdependence and International Conflict clarifies the state of current knowledge about the effects of foreign commerce on political-military relations and identifies the avenues of new research needed to improve our understanding of this relationship. The contributions to this volume offer crucial insights into the political economy of national security, the causes of war, and the politics of global economic relations.

Edward D. Mansfield is Hum Rosen Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brian M. Pollins is Associate Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University and a Research Fellow at the Mershon Center.

Praise / Awards

  • "The time is ripe to take stock of what we know about the relationship between international conflict and trade. The contributors to Economic Interdependence and International Conflict are leaders in the field, and their essays provide unique, theoretical, methodological, and empirical analyses of the directions for future research."
    —Solomon W. Polachek, Binghamton University
  • "This volume's treatment of the conceptual, theoretical, empirical, and methodological dimensions of the relation between economic interdependence and international conflict represents the state of the scholarly art with respect to a debate more than 500 years old. It is required reading for understanding this important topic."
    —David Baldwin, Columbia University

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