Political Pressure Deflection

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James E. Anderson

Boston College - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Maurizio Zanardi

University of Surrey - School of Economics

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Date Written: April 2004


Much economic policy is deliberately shifted away from direct political processes to administrative processes --- political pressure deflection. Pressure deflection poses a puzzle to standard political economy models which suggest that having policies to `sell' is valuable to politicians. The puzzle is solved here by showing that incumbents will favor pressure deflection since it can deter viability of a challenger, essentially like entry deterrence. U.S. trade policy since 1934 provides a prime example, especially antidumping law and its evolution.

Suggested Citation

Anderson, James E. and Zanardi, Maurizio, Political Pressure Deflection (April 2004). NBER Working Paper No. w10439, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=532998

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Maurizio Zanardi

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