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A swing-state theory of trade protection in the electoral college 1 edition

A swing-state theory of trade protection in the electoral college
Mirabelle Muûls

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A swing-state theory of trade protection in the electoral college
Mirabelle Muûls and Dimitra Petropoulou.

Published 2008 by Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science in London .
Written in English.

About the Book

This paper develops an infinite-horizon, political agency model with a continuum of political districts, in which incumbent politicians can improve their re-election probability by attracting swing voters in key states through strategic trade protection. A unique equilibrium is shown to exist where incumbents build a reputation of protectionism through their policy decisions. We show that strategic trade protection is more likely when protectionist swing voters have a lead over free-trade supporters in states with relatively strong electoral competition that represent a larger proportion of Electoral College votes. US data is used to test the hypothesis that industrial concentration in swing and decisive states is an important determinant of trade protection of that industry. The empirical findings provide support for the theory and highlight an important, and previously overlooked, determinant of trade protection in the US Electoral College.

Edition Notes

Title from PDF file (viewed on Oct. 10, 2008).

"February 2008."

Includes bibliographical references.

Also available in print.

System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Mode of access: World Wide Web.

Series
CEP discussion paper -- no. 849

Classifications

Library of Congress
HC10

The Physical Object

Format
Electronic resource

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL22649216M
LC Control Number
2008613812

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