The Limits of Transparency: Ambiguity and the History of
International Finance. By Jacqueline Best. Ithaca, NY: Cornell
University Press, 2005. 240p. $37.50.
While social constructivism has moved into the mainstream of
international relations theory, informing scholarship in the subfields of
security studies and international organization, its application and
status in international political economy (IPE) has lagged behind. From
the articles in the highest-status political science journals to the works
on graduate syllabi across the major research universities, the study of
IPE has been dominated by a single view of markets, drawn from
neoclassical economics, premised on a narrow view of rationality, and
rooted in materialist foundations.