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Testing and measuring the role of ideas: the case of neoliberalism in the International Monetary Fund

Chwieroth, Jeffrey (2007) Testing and measuring the role of ideas: the case of neoliberalism in the International Monetary Fund. International Studies Quarterly, 51 (1). pp. 5-30. ISSN 0020-8833

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Abstract

How much weight should be assigned to a particular factor in explaining an outcome? How should an abstract concept be linked to empirical indicants? These methodological problems—known as the "how much" and "how to" problems, respectively—have raised serious obstacles for ideational researchers. However, they have generally failed to deal with these problems adequately. To offset the limitations of existing studies, this paper provides new methodological guidance to researchers confronting these problems. In particular, quantitative methods are suggested for managing the "how much" problem, and a new indicator based on an individual's organizational background is proposed to deal with the "how to" problem. To develop the argument, this guidance is applied to examine the effect and measurement of the emergence within the International Monetary Fund of neoliberal ideas prescribing liberalization of capital controls.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0020-8833
Additional Information: © 2007 The International Studies Association
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 21 May 2009 12:41
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/24068/

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