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Free trade and forms of democratization

Zucker, Noah ORCID: 0000-0001-5535-3661 (2021) Free trade and forms of democratization. Journal of Politics, 83 (4). pp. 1867-1871. ISSN 0022-3816

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How do democratic transitions affect trade policy? A well-known finding is that transitions in developing countries produce lower tariff rates. But prior work implicitly assumes that all forms of democratic transitions are alike. There is less reason to expect trade liberalization to follow transitions led by political elites, which constitute roughly half of all democratic transitions in recent decades. Analysis of industry-level tariff rates indicates that elite-led transitions are not consistently followed by trade liberalization, while transitions initiated by the general public are associated with tariff rate reductions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2021 Southern Political Science Association. All rights reserved.
Divisions: International Relations
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2024 17:03
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 01:48

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