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Aidt, T. S., Albornoz, F. and Hauk, E.

Foreign Influence and Domestic Policy

Journal of Economic Literature

Vol. 59 no. 2 pp. 426-487 (2021)

Abstract: In an interconnected world, economic and political interests inevitably reach beyond national borders. Since policy choices generate external economic and political costs, foreign state and non-state actors have an interest in influencing policy actions in other sovereign countries to their advantage. Foreign influence is a strategic choice aimed at internalizing these externalities and takes three principal forms: (i) voluntary agreements, (ii) policy interventions based on rewarding or sanctioning the target country to obtain a specific change in policy, and (iii) institution interventions aimed at influencing the political institutions in the target country. We propose a unifying theoretical framework to study when foreign influence is chosen and in which form, and use it to organize and evaluate the new political economics literature on foreign influence along with work in cognate disciplines.

Keywords: Foreign influence, international agreements, institutions, aid, sanctions, conflict

JEL Codes: D70, D72, D74, F13, F23, F51, F53

Author links: Toke Aidt  

Publisher's Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/jel.20201481



Cambridge Working Paper in Economics Version of Paper: Foreign in influence and domestic policy: A survey, Aidt, T. S., Albornoz, F. and Hauk, E., (2019)

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