2009 Lepgold Winner: The Visible Hand of Peace by Patrick J. McDonald

On November 16 2010, the Georgetown University Book Prize Committee, the Department of Government, and the Mortara Center for International Studies hosted Lepgold Prize Winner Patrick J. McDonald for a lecture on his award winning book The Invisible Hand of Peace. The Georgetown Book Prize Committee chose Dr. McDonald's book as the best work on international relations published in 2009. 

Dr. McDonald's The Invisible Hand of Peace shows that the domestic institutions associated with capitalism, namely private property and competitive market structures, have promoted peace between states over the past two centuries. It employs a wide range of historical and statistical evidence to illustrate both the broad applicability of these claims and their capacity to generate new explanations of critical historical events, such as the emergence of the Anglo-American friendship at the end of the nineteenth century, the outbreak of World War I, and the evolution of the recent conflict across the Taiwan Straits. By showing that this capitalist peace has historically been stronger than the peace among democratic states, these findings also suggest that contemporary American foreign policy should be geared toward promoting economic liberalization rather than democracy in the post–9/11 world.

Professor McDonald is a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a PhD from the Ohio State University in 2002. He then served as postdoctoral Fellow at the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania until 2004. Professor McDonald’s research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Washington Quarterly, and World Politics.