Striving for greatness: status aspirations, rhetorical entrapment, and domestic reforms

  title={Striving for greatness: status aspirations, rhetorical entrapment, and domestic reforms},
  author={Alex Yu-Ting Lin and Saori N. Katada},
  journal={Review of International Political Economy},
  pages={175 - 201}
  • A. Lin, S. Katada
  • Published 7 August 2020
  • Economics
  • Review of International Political Economy
Abstract How do leaders use external events or pressures as political levers to facilitate domestic reforms? In this article, we build a theory of aspirational politics to address this question. We show that aspirations to improve a country’s international status can help leaders justify the implementation of their preferred domestic policies. For instance, the aspiration of wanting to join prestigious international organizations or agreements creates focal narratives that reformers can use to… 
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