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Veto players and foreign aid provision

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  • Yu Wang

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  • Shuai Jin
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    This study investigates how the political institutions of developed economies influence their foreign assistance. Specifically, we argue that the number of effective veto players has a negative effect on the volume of aid provision. To provide foreign assistance, the incumbent government in a donor country must have unanimous support from all effective veto players in policy making. Thus, it has more barriers to overcome when the polity is characterized by many and preference-wise heterogeneous veto players. By examining the official development assistance outflows of 27 OECD countries for the period of 1977–2006, we find empirical patterns that corroborate our argument. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Constitutional Political Economy.

    Volume (Year): 24 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 43-56

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:copoec:v:24:y:2013:i:1:p:43-56

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    Keywords: Veto players; Political institutions; Aid provision; Policy making; Political economy; D72; F35; C23;

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    1. Viktor Brech & Niklas Potrafke, 2013. "Donor Ideology and Types of Foreign Aid," CESifo Working Paper Series 4314, CESifo Group Munich.

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