The Coevolution of Trade Agreement Networks and Democracy

  title={The Coevolution of Trade Agreement Networks and Democracy},
  author={Mark S. Manger and Mark Pickup},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  pages={164 - 191}
The proliferation of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) and the wave of democratization are among the most significant developments in international relations during the past three decades. The correlation between these is well noted. The causal link between these phenomena, however, remains unclear. On one hand, democracies have been found to be more likely to join PTAs. On the other hand, trade agreements should foster democratization because they undermine the ability of governments to… 

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