- By Daniel W. Drezner
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a senior editor at The National Interest. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Drezner has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation, and the Treasury Department.
I’ve been having some fun at economists’ expense as of late, but it’s mostly been a form of friendly teasing. The neoclassical economic framework provides some serious leverage to understanding how the world works. It remains an incomplete approach to political analysis, however.
Take, for example, Daron Acemoglu’s Esquire essay on the importance of governance to economic development, which is abstracted from his latest project with Jim Robinson. Acemoglu is a top-flight political economist — which is why I found the following passages so strange: