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The Land-for-Peace Negotiating Paradigm

Evaluating Competing Explanations of Iraq's 1990 Invasion of Kuwait

A Philosophical Case for Boycotting a Fatah-Hamas Unity Government

Critique of Said's Orientalism and Lockman's Contending Visions of Middle East History
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Categorizing Ideological Varieties of Capitalism
January 2009
 
In this paper, I will argue that states’ international monetary policies represent their underlying political philosophies and that discord between their philosophies breeds conflict between their economic policies.  The paper will begin by investigating the political foundations of the Bretton Woods financial order, and then will explain how states that embodied a divergent philosophy undermined that postwar regime.

  

  

Coordinated Wage Bargaining, Inflation, and Unemployment

December 2008

  

In this paper, I will argue that Peter Hall and Robert Franzese’s portrayal of coordinated wage bargaining overemphasizes that institution’s importance to political economy and, instead, can be subsumed under a politics-based approach to studying economics.  The paper begins by examining the time-inconsistency problem of monetary policy and explaining how Hall and Franzese elaborate upon it.  It then critiques their economic model of a collective action problem among wage negotiators, and next reveals an empirical weakness of their claim that coordinated wage bargaining facilitates collective action.  Finally, the paper proposes that wage negotiations, like central bank independence, may be explained better by Adam Posen’s politics-based approach.

  

  

The Influence of Political Philosophy on Postwar Monetary Policy

November 2008

  

In this paper, I will argue that states’ international monetary policies represent their underlying political philosophies and that discord between their philosophies breeds conflict between their economic policies.  The paper will begin by investigating the political foundations of the Bretton Woods financial order, and then will explain how states that embodied a divergent philosophy undermined that postwar regime.

 

  

Proposal for a Libertarian Peace Theory

October 2008

 

“[T]he most useful way to test the causal claims of the democratic peace theory,” writes Miriam Elman in Paths to Peace, is to study what democracies do when they “come into conflict.”  Yet this method only lets us determine the impact of a state’s “democratic nature” upon those conflicts.  We cannot ascertain whether two states’ “democratic nature” causes them not to have “opposing interests” in the first place.  Other studies also ignore this possibility: qualitative analyses have trouble accounting for “non-events,” and quantitative surveys tend not to discriminate among them.  Nevertheless, this paper argues that one variant of democracy – libertarianism – generates a harmony of interests among the states that adopt it. 

 






 
 
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