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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Porche, Schuyler Richard
Author's Email Address sporche@tigers.lsu.edu, schuyler_porche@yahoo.com
URN etd-04022009-110021
Title Leadership Survival and the Process of Economic Integration
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mohammed Rodwan Abouharb Committee Chair
Cameron G. Thies Committee Member
James C. Garand Committee Member
William A. Clark Committee Member
Wonik Kim Committee Member
Areendam Chanda Dean's Representative
  • international relations
  • international political economy
Date of Defense 2009-03-23
Availability unrestricted
The central contribution of this dissertation to political science is explaining the role of leadership survival theory in shaping the political process of initiation, broadening, deepening, and failure of economic integration agreements by nation states. The empirical research involves the creation of a dataset recording changes in economic integration for the period 1950-1999 and utilizing advanced quantitative methods to study the process.

Most existing research focuses on the initiation of trade agreements. I demonstrate that the process of economic integration agreements among polities is shaped by iterated political interaction at both the domestic and international levels. The critical test in this research is the leadership survival prediction that as the number of people needed to keep a leader in office increases the incentives for pursuing public policies changes.

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