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International Economic Sanctions Against a Dictator

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  • William H. Kaempfer
  • Anton D. Lowenberg
  • William Mertens

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Wintrobe's (1990, 1998) dictatorship model is adapted to examine the impacts of economic sanctions on an autocrat. It is shown that the dictator's choice of the level of power, and the quantities of loyalty and repression used as inputs in the production of power, are affected by the type and magnitude of sanctions and by the impact of sanctions on the political effectiveness of opposition groups. Sanctions have direct and indirect effects on the prices of loyalty and repression as well as potentially generating rents that might be captured either by the dictator or by the opposition. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2004.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Economics & Politics.

Volume (Year): 16 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
Pages: 29-51

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecopol:v:16:y:2004:i:1:p:29-51

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Cited by:
  1. Florian Neumeier & Matthias Neuenkirch, 2014. "The Impact of UN and US Economic Sanctions on GDP Growth," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201424, Philipps-Universit├Ąt Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
  2. Philippe Delacote, 2009. "Boycotting a dictatorship: who does it really hurt?," Working Papers 29783, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France.

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