Type of Document Dissertation Author Porche, Schuyler Richard Author's Email Address email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Keywords
- international relations
- international political economy
Date of Defense 2009-03-23 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe 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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