Societies Under Siege Exploring How International Economic Sanctions (Do Not) Work Oxford University Press, 2015 Today, international economic sanctions are imposed in response to virtually every serious international crisis, whether to promote regime change and democratisation, punish armed aggression, or check nuclear proliferation. But how exactly is the economic pain inflicted by sanctions supposed to translate into political gain? What are the mechanisms by which sanctions operate - or fail to operate? This is the first comparative study of this vital question. Drawing on Gramscian state theory, Societies Under Siege provides a novel analytical framework to study how sanctions are mediated through the domestic political economy and state-society relations of target states and filter through into political outcomes - whether those sought by the states imposing sanctions or, as frequently occurs, unintended and even highly perverse consequences. Detailed case studies of sanctions aimed at regime change in three pivotal cases - South Africa, Iraq and Myanmar - are used to explore how different types of sanctions function across time and space. These case studies draw on extensive fieldwork interviews, archival documents and leaked diplomatic cables to provide a unique insight into how undemocratic regimes targeted by sanctions survive or fall. Provides a comparative analytical framework for how sanctions operate Draws on previously unused interviews, archives and diplomatic cables, including internal records of Saddam Hussein's regime Covers comprehensive and targeted sanctions across three iconic case studies Contents Introduction 1: A Political Theory of Economic Statecraft 2: South Africa: Sanctioning Apartheid 3: Myanmar: Sanctioning Military Rule 4: Iraq: Sanctioning Dictatorship Conclusion
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Reviews Proponents of international sanctions regimes usually argue that by restricting economic interactions and thus creating popular discontent, sanctions can put pressure on governments to change their policies. But in closely examining the various ways in which sanctions affect the interests, resources, and strategies of different political groups, Jones finds that things don’t always turn out that way... Jones’ central message is that enthusiasm for sanctions should be tempered by an appreciation of their complex, unpredictable, and sometimes counterproductive effects. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.    - G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs, May/June 2016. [A] sophisticated account... [with] convincing arguments... He applies his theory with a degree of sophistication which is impressive... [The case studies] are each informed by and greatly strengthened by the author’s historical approach... written... with verve, passion, and a moral commitment, without losing the chance for a joke or witticism... [The] recommendations for policy advocates and policy makers... [are] good, common sense...    - Robert H. Taylor, Asian Affairs 47(3), 2016, 471-6. [A] seminal study...    - Derek Tonkin, former British ambassador and editor of Network Myanmar. [B]oth timely and timeless. It is an extremely timely wake-up call reminding any remaining intervention optimists of the moral and practical responsibility that follows from using sanctions without a qualified idea of how they will work on the ground. Highlighting the importance of local conditions is also a timeless message to an IR audience that far too often disregards qualitative difference in the search for quantifiable measurements... Buy the book, or ask your library to do so. You will have the pleasure to read an unusually elegant and thought-provoking piece of solid scholarly work.    - Elin Helquist, Freie Universität, Berlin/ Stockholm University, The Disorder of Things. The volume undoubtedly makes a key contribution to the field – indeed, one that was sorely needed: an evaluation of how sanctions interact with the economic and political dynamics in the target society, and more specifically, how they affect domestic power relations... an excellent contribution to the literature... it closes a long identified, overdue gap while putting in place a highly useful analytical framework... [that] can be readily employed by policy-makers interested in assessing the situation in the target society and crafting a sanctions strategy.    - Clara Portela, Singapore Management University, The Disorder of Things. Thanks to this work, I understand the world in ways that I did not before... It has also helped me to develop a research agenda... From pro-Palestinian activism to the politics of vaccine refusal, this book has something for everyone... Let Lee Jones shatter your illusions one perfectly crafted sentence at a time.    - Katie Attwell, Murdoch University, The Disorder of Things.