Conflict, Cooperation, and Commerce: The Effect of International Political Interactions on Bilateral Trade Flows

  title={Conflict, Cooperation, and Commerce: The Effect of International Political Interactions on Bilateral Trade Flows},
  author={Brian M. Pollins},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
  • Brian M. Pollins
  • Published 1 August 1989
  • Economics
  • American Journal of Political Science
The public choice approach to political economy is employed to gain insight into the connection between international politics and trade flows. A model is constructed in which importers are assumed to be rational utility maximizers who seek to satisfy international security as well as economic welfare objectives. This model of bilateral trade flows reflects contemporary theory in the field of international economics, and it explicitly incorporates the general foreign policy orientation of… 

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