Political Science; International Relations; International Organisations; Politics; Social Theory; Government; China; China National Offshore Oil Corporation; Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States; Economic nationalism; Foreign direct investment; Geopolitics; Mergers and acquisitions; Unocal Corporation
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 behavior not only against their strategic and military competitors, but also against their closest allies. Ashley Thomas Lenihan argues that such puzzling behavior 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.