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Incumbents beware: the impact of offshoring on elections

Rickard, Stephanie ORCID: 0000-0001-7886-9513 (2021) Incumbents beware: the impact of offshoring on elections. British Journal of Political Science. 1 - 23. ISSN 0007-1234

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0007123420000757

Abstract

How does globalization affect politics? One of the most controversial aspects of globalization is offshoring, when manufacturing operations and business functions move abroad. Although voters generally dislike offshoring, it remains unclear how moving jobs abroad impacts democratic elections. Using a difference-in-differences estimation strategy, the author finds that incumbent government parties lose more votes in municipalities where a local plant moved production abroad between elections than in municipalities that did not experience such an event. The result holds across various time periods, different incumbent parties and diverse types of elections. In both national and regional elections, voters punish incumbent government parties when a local firm moves production abroad. Incumbent parties' vote shares fall as the number of jobs lost due to offshoring increases. In multiparty governments, voters disproportionately punish the largest coalition party for offshoring. The results of an original survey administered in Spain verify the importance of offshoring for voters' retrospective evaluations of incumbents.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-jo...
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2020 12:09
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2021 23:13
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/107517

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