Author’s notes: I would like to thank Bahar Ulupinar, James C. Garand, Mark J. Gasiorowski, Rick Swanson, Scott Mire, and the two anonymous reviewers and the editors of International Studies Quarterly for their invaluable feedback. Further inquiries about the data set utilized and data management and analyses procedures employed in this research are welcome.
Party Politics and International Trade: Mainstream Parties, Niche Parties, and Trade Openness1
Article first published online: 18 JAN 2012
© 2012 International Studies Association
International Studies Quarterly
Volume 56, Issue 2, pages 397–404, June 2012
How to Cite
Camyar, I. (2012), Party Politics and International Trade: Mainstream Parties, Niche Parties, and Trade Openness. International Studies Quarterly, 56: 397–404. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2478.2011.00714.x
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 18 JAN 2012
Camyar, Isa. (2012) Party Politics and International Trade: Mainstream Parties, Niche Parties, and Trade Openness. International Studies Quarterly, doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2478.2011.00714.x © 2012 International Studies Association
How does party politics influence trade outcomes? Previous studies offer a limited understanding of the role of political parties in trade policymaking due to their restrictive assumptions that downplay the distinct organizational identity of political parties and the competitive logic of their interactions. This paper develops a theoretical argument that emphasizes the competitive forces of party politics as a key determinant of party preference for trade and hence of trade outcomes. This theoretical argument is illustrated and tested in analysis of the trade implications of strategic interactions between mainstream parties and niche parties. The empirical analyses confirm that party strategic factors need to be assigned a substantial analytical weight in explaining trade outcomes.