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Country or Leader? Political Change and UN General Assembly Voting

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In this project we explore the relationship between leader change and relations between states. Voting in the United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA) is often used as a measure of political proximity between countries. We use UN voting coincidence to examine how changes in leadership affect relations. Specifically, we examine how political change affects a country’s voting with the United States. In this paper we explore how leadership change affects UNGA voting. Using differences between “key” and “non-key” UN votes to the United States, we explore if political change is driven by preference change or by a changing external position. While political change has little impact on voting on non-key issues (state preferences) we find that after leadership change, countries are more likely to vote in line with the United States on key UN votes.

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Paper provided by KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich in its series KOF Working papers with number 09-217.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:kof:wpskof:08-217

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