Political regimes and international trade: The democratic difference revisited

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How do domestic political institutions affect the outcomes of international trade negotiations? Specifically, are the aggregate trade barriers agreed upon by a democratic pair lower than those by a pair composed of a democracy and an autocracy? I revisit these important questions by highlighting some problematic aspect of the analysis by Mansfield, Milner, and Rosendorff (2000). Contrary to their central conclusion, I find that whether the aggregate trade barriers are lower for a democratic pair than those for a mixed pair depends on the preferences of the decision makers involved. Thus, although domestic political institutions are important, they alone are insufficient to predict a higher level of cooperation among democracies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-165
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Political Science Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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