Examines the critical role that the economic ideas of state leaders play in the creation and maintenance of the international economic order. Drawing on a detailed study of the fifteen post-Soviet states in their first decade of independence, interviews with key decision-makers and the use of closed ministerial archives, the book explores how the changing ideas of state officials led countries to follow one of three institutional paths: rapid entry into the World Trade Organization, participation in a regional Customs Union based on their prior Soviet ties, or autarky and economic closure. In doing so, the book traces the decisions that shaped the entry of these strategically important countries into the world economy and provides a novel theory of the role of ideas in international politics.
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Author Biography - Keith A. Darden
Keith A. Darden is Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of the Yale Central Asia Initiative, and recipient of the Lex Hixon '63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences at Yale University. His extensive field work has carried him to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic states, the states of Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as Greece, Germany and other more comfortable locales. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and prior to taking his appointment at Yale, Professor Darden was an Academy Scholar at Harvard University and a visiting fellow at the Davis Center for Russian Studies. Professor Darden's work has been published in World Politics, Politics and Society, the Journal of Common Market Studies, and other journals.