Does Economic Globalization Influence the U.S. Policy Mood?: A Study of U.S. Public Sentiment, 1954-2011.
British Journal of Political Science 49(1):95-125, January 2016. doi/10.1017/S000712341400009X
Posted: 11 Oct 2018
Date Written: January 1, 2016
Does increasing economic globalization influence aggregate policy mood toward the role and size of government in the United States? Drawing on insights from international political economy scholarship, this article suggests that the impact of trade on aggregate preferences will depend on citizens’ exposure to trade. It hypothesizes that employees of import-competing, export-oriented and multinational firms will adopt a ‘compensatory’ model in which higher levels of imports (exports) lead to a liberal (conservative) shift in policy preferences for more (less) government. It distinguishes between intrafirm and non-intrafirm trade flows. It measures policy mood using Stimson’s ‘Mood’, and estimate Error Correction and Instrumental Variable models. Trade flows strongly influence Mood in a manner consistent with hypotheses drawn from international political economy and heterogeneous firms (or “new new”) trade theory.
Keywords: Trade, U.S. Public Opinion
JEL Classification: F1, F5, D72, P16
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