State Power and the Structure of International Trade

  title={State Power and the Structure of International Trade},
  author={Stephen D. Krasner},
  journal={World Politics},
The structure of international trade, identified by the degree of openness for the movement of goods, can best be explained by a state-power theory of international political economy. This theory begins with the assumption that the nature of international economic movements is determined by states acting to maximize national goals. Four goals—aggregate national income, political power, social stability, and economic growth—can be systematically related to the degree of openness in the… Expand
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