"Domestic Politics and International Conflict"
AbstractThis paper explores the interactions between domestic politics and international conflict. The analysis shows that electoral uncertainty associated with competition between political parties, each representing a specific group of the electorate, imparts a negative 'bias' on the nation's military spending, given military spending by other nations. In turn, electoral uncertainty lowers other nations' incentive to arm as well. In this context, democratic institutions can be thought of as a possible 'precommitment' mechanism that reduces the severity of conflict between nations and, thereby, increases the amount of resources available globally for consumption. Copyright 1994 by American Economic Association.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by California Irvine - School of Social Sciences in its series Papers with number 90-92-30.
Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 1992
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