Political Institutions and International Patterns of Agricultural Protection

This paper analyzes the influence of political systems and rights in patterns of agricultural protection across commodities, countries and over time. Four political systems (dictatorship, one-party, dominant party, democracy) and an index of political rights account for differences in political institutions. The analysis also incorporates the effects of development, of constraints on tax collection feasibility, and of comparative advantages and terms of trade. Pluralistic systems are associated with higher agricultural protection levels, although in a nonlinear fashion. Access to pluralism appears to be important, although further democratization {from dominant party system to democracy) does not induce more distortions.


Issue Date:
Apr 01 1991
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
Language:
English
Total Pages:
25




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