Tariffs As Electoral Weapons: The Political Geography of the US–China Trade War

  title={Tariffs As Electoral Weapons: The Political Geography of the US–China Trade War},
  author={Sung Eun Kim and Yotam Margalit},
  journal={International Organization},
  pages={1 - 38}
Abstract In response to President Trump instigating conflict over trade with China, the Chinese government countered by issuing tariffs on thousands of products worth over USD 110 billion in US exports. We explore whether China's tariffs reflected a strategy to apply counterpressure by hurting political support for the president's party. We also assess the strategy's impact on the 2018 midterm elections and examine the mechanism underlying the resulting electoral shift. We find strong evidence… 

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