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Learning, political regimes and the liberalisation of trade

Meseguer, Covadonga and Escriba-Folch, Abel (2010) Learning, political regimes and the liberalisation of trade. European Journal of Political Research, 50 (6). pp. 775-810. ISSN 0304-4130

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1475-6765.2010.01982.x

Abstract

In this article, the probability of opening to trade is related to a country's propensity to learn from other countries in its region. It is argued that countries have different motivations to learn, depending upon the responsiveness and accountability of their political regimes. Whereas democracies cannot afford to be dogmatic, authoritarian regimes are less motivated to learn from the experience of others, even if they embrace policies that fail. Using data on trade liberalisation for 57 developing countries in the period 1970–1999, it is found that democracies confronting economic crises are more likely to liberalise trade as a result of learning; among democracies, presidential systems seem to learn more, whereas personalist dictatorial regimes are the most resistant to learning from the experience of others.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2010 The Author(s). European Journal of Political Research © 2010 European Consortium for Political Research
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2013 09:23
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 04:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/50478

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