The Link Between Domestic Political Institutions and Commitments to Tariff Reduction Agreements

  title={The Link Between Domestic Political Institutions and Commitments to Tariff Reduction Agreements},
  author={Joonhwan In},
  • J. In
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Economics
Lately countries have concluded many free trade agreements. However, the puzzle scholars face is why so many countries have rushed to enter a free trade agreement. In this study, I ask how and whether domestic institutions of a country make a difference in committing to tariff reduction agreements. I argue that the rush to PTAs since the 1980s is linked to the domestic constraints. I claim that the propensity of signing a trade agreement increases as the survival of political leaders becomes… Expand
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