Interdependence, Government Constraints, and Economic Voting

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This article examines the role of global economic interdependence in constraining citizens’ responses to domestic economic performance. While recent work in economic voting has made strides in accounting for the contextual mediators of support, analyses have not gone beyond domestic political structures. At the same time, students of globalization highlight the constraints governments face from the world economy but do not extend their analyses to examine the role of mass political behavior. This article brings these two research agendas together. Using cross–sectional individual–level data, it is found that accounting for exposure to the world economy dampens the strength of domestic economic bases of popular support. Additional analyses show that the susceptibility of different groups in society to the global economy’s mediating influences is not uniform but contingent on occupational differences.

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