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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Huxsoll, David Baker
URN etd-0129103-074005
Title Regimes, Institutions and Foreign Policy Change
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Eugene Wittkopf Committee Chair
James Garand Committee Member
Mark Schafer Committee Member
William Clark Committee Member
R. Carter Hill Dean's Representative
  • foreign policy change
  • democracy
  • democracies
  • non-democracy
  • authoritarian
  • institution
  • institutions
  • regime
  • regimes
Date of Defense 2005-01-21
Availability unrestricted
This dissertation examines the effects that different political regime types and institutional arrangements have on the amount of foreign policy change occurring a state. Scholars in International Relations studying the democratic peace have identified a relationship between characteristics of democracy and non-democracy and the behavior of states. Scholars in Comparative Politics have noted that certain institutions more easily facilitate policy change. This dissertation synthesizes these perspectives and develops and tests a number of hypotheses relating regime type, institutional arrangement, and party system to the amount of foreign policy change a state undertakes. Employing a pooled, cross-sectional time series design, the findings show that democracies are more stable in their foreign policies than are non-democracies, and that states with different political institutions and party systems differ with regard to the amount of foreign policy change they undertake.
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