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The Politics of International Economic Relations, 5th Edition by Joan Edelman Spero, Jeffrey A. Hart

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The Management of International Economic Relations since World War II

 

During and after World War II, governments developed and enforced a set of rules, institutions, and procedures to regulate important aspects of international economic interaction. For nearly two decades, this order, known as the Bretton Woods Regime, was effective in controlling conflict and in achieving the common goals of the states that had created it. There were three political bases for the Bretton Woods system: (1) the concentration of power in a small number of states, (2) the existence of a cluster of important interests shared by those states, and (3) the presence of a dominant power willing and able to assume a leadership role.1

The concentration of both political ...

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