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Balancing Power without Weapons
State Intervention into Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions

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  • Date Published: May 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107181861

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  • Why do states block some foreign direct investment on national security grounds even when it originates from within their own security community? Government intervention into foreign takeovers of domestic companies is on the rise, and many observers find it surprising that states engage in such behaviour not only against their strategic and military competitors, but also against their closest allies. Ashley Lenihan argues that such puzzling behaviour can be explained by recognizing that states use intervention into cross-border mergers and acquisitions as a tool of statecraft to internally balance the economic and military power of other states through non-military means. This book tests this theory using quantitative and qualitative analysis of transactions in the United States, Russia, China, and fifteen European Union states. It deepens our understanding of why states intervene in foreign takeovers, the relationship between interdependence and conflict, the limits of globalization, and how states are balancing power in new ways. This title is also available as Open Access.

    • Proposes a new theory of non-military internal balancing
    • An original and comprehensive overview of state intervention into foreign takeovers on national security grounds from an international perspective
    • In-depth case studies provide readers with access to the heart of the topic without the need to wade through complex mathematical data
    • For readers interested in econometrics, rigorous quantitative analysis also examines data from over 200 transactions across eighteen countries
    • This title is also available as Open Access
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    • Date Published: May 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107181861
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 43 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. A theory of non-military internal balancing
    2. The numbers: a comprehensive look at the motivations behind
    3. Unbounded intervention: the state and the blocked deal
    4. Unbounded or overbalancing? An outlier case
    5. Bounded intervention: mitigating threats to national security
    6. Non-intervention and the 'internal' intervention alternative
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Ashley Thomas Lenihan, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Ashley Thomas Lenihan is a Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Law, Science, and Global Security at Georgetown University, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her research focuses on the relationship between state power and foreign direct investment from an international relations perspective.

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