Trevor Rubenzer is Assistant Professor of political science, University of South Carolina, Upstate, 800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC 29303 (email@example.com).
Campaign Contributions and U.S. Foreign Policy Outcomes: An Analysis of Cuban American Interests
Article first published online: 25 OCT 2010
©2010, Midwest Political Science Association
American Journal of Political Science
Volume 55, Issue 1, pages 105–116, January 2011
How to Cite
Rubenzer, T. (2011), Campaign Contributions and U.S. Foreign Policy Outcomes: An Analysis of Cuban American Interests. American Journal of Political Science, 55: 105–116. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5907.2010.00483.x
I am indebted to Steven B. Redd for his comments and suggestions. I would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments. Data for replication purposes can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 25 OCT 2010
To what extent are ethnic minority interest groups able to influence U.S. foreign policy? Current case study research has identified several factors that may condition the ability of diasporic groups to influence foreign policy toward ancestral “homelands.” To this point, existing studies have been unable to isolate the impact of campaign contributions from other factors that may influence U.S. foreign policy decision making. The current study uses a combination of conditional and standard logistic regression to examine the impact of Cuban American interest group and individual campaign contributions on a series of votes on key amendments in the 108th and 109th Congresses. Results from the study support the idea that the Cuban diasporic community in the United States has had an impact on U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba. However, there are significant limits to this influence conditioned in part by issue salience.