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Going Undercover: The Paradox of Political Risk Insurance


  • Spagnoletti Belinda

    (Centre for International Risk, University of South Australia)

  • O'Callaghan Terry

    (Centre for International Risk, University of South Australia)


Political risk insurance is an insurance product sold to firms as a means to protect them against some political risks associated with investing abroad. This paper argues that political risk insurance may in fact be a source of political risk. Looking at cases in the Asia-Pacific region, we argue that investing firms should exercise caution when considering political risk insurance. We conclude with several recommendations for reform of the political risk insurance industry.

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  • Spagnoletti Belinda & O'Callaghan Terry, 2011. "Going Undercover: The Paradox of Political Risk Insurance," Asia-Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance, De Gruyter, vol. 5(2), pages 1-23, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:apjrin:v:5:y:2011:i:2:n:4

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