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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 -super-1

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  • Peter Boettke

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"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." Copyright (c) 2008 The Author. Journal compilation (c) Institute of Economic Affairs 2008.

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Volume (Year): 28 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 70-72

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  1. Boettke, Peter & Fink, Alexander, 2011. "Institutions first," MPRA Paper 32093, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Nikolai Wenzel, 2010. "From contract to mental model: Constitutional culture as a fact of the social sciences," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer, vol. 23(1), pages 55-78, March.

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