Free to Trade: Democracies, Autocracies, and International Trade

@article{Mansfield2000FreeTT,
  title={Free to Trade: Democracies, Autocracies, and International Trade},
  author={Edward D. Mansfield and Helen V. Milner and B. Peter Rosendorff},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2000},
  volume={94},
  pages={305 - 321}
}
Relatively little research has focused on whether countries' political institutions affect their international trade relations. We address this issue by analyzing the relationship between regime type and trade policy. In a formal model of commercial policy, we establish that the ratification responsibility of the legislature in democratic states leads pairs of democracies to set trade barriers at a lower level than mixed country-pairs (composed of an autocracy and a democracy). We test this… Expand
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