Marshall D. Shulman Book Prize

2006 Citation Recipient

Alexander Cooley

The Marshall D. Shulman Book Prize, established in 1987 and sponsored by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, is awarded annually for an outstanding monograph dealing with the international relations, foreign policy, or foreign-policy decision-making of any of the states of the former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe published in the previous calendar year. The prize is dedicated to the encouragement of high-quality studies of the international behavior of the countries of the former Communist Bloc.

Co-Winner: Alexander Cooley
Title: Logics of Hierarchy: The Organization of Empires, States, and Military Occupations (Cornell University Press)

In Logics of Hierarchy, Alexander Cooley has produced an elegant theoretical interpretation of the politics of post-Soviet Central Asia. By focusing on the ways in which sectors of the post-Soviet economies varied in their organization, Cooley has turned our attention to a critical, but heretofore poorly understood influence on the international relations of post-Soviet Eurasia. Informed by Cooley’s interpretation of organizational theory, Logics of Hierarchy is one of the most creative, well-researched, and well-argued books to have been written about the region in the past decade. Cooley also connects political developments in the region to the wider world through a judicious application of his model to a variety of political hierarchies in Asia, the Middle East, and international monetary and financial affairs.

Co-Winner: Milada Anna Vachudova