After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy

(Stanford University Press, 2007)

Book Forum
November 26, 2007
11:00AM to 12:30PM
Auditorium/Wintergarden

Featuring the author Christopher J. Coyne, Assistant Professor of Economics, West Virginia University, with comments by Jack Goldstone, Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Jr. Professor and Eminent Scholar, George Mason School of Public Policy, and Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution. Moderated by Christopher Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

The United States has attempted to export liberal democratic institutions through military occupation and reconstruction throughout its history, with mixed results. For every West Germany or Japan, there is a Cuba, Haiti, Somalia, or Vietnam. Why does liberal democracy take hold in some countries but not in others? Why do we observe such different outcomes in military interventions? Do efforts to export democracy help more than they hurt? In After War, Christopher Coyne addresses these and other questions by examining the mechanisms and institutions that contribute to the success of reconstruction programs by creating incentives for sustained cooperation.