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Title:Country or leader? Political change and UN general assembly voting PDF Logo
Authors:Dreher, Axel
Jensen, Nathan
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:KOF working papers // Konjunkturforschungsstelle, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich 217
Abstract:In this project we explore the relationship between leader change and relations between states. Voting in the United Naion's General Assembly (UNGA) is often used as a measure of political proximity between countries. We use UN voting coincidence to examine how changes in leadership affect relations. Specifically, we examine how political change affects a country's voting with the United States. In this paper we explore how leadership change affects UNGA voting. Using differences between 'key' and 'non-key' UN votes to the United States, we explore if political change is driven by preference change or by a changing external position. While political change has little impact on voting on non-key issues (state preferences) we find that after leadership change, countries are more likely to vote in line with the United States on key UN votes.
Subjects:United Nations General Assembly voting
key votes
JEL:F51
F53
D78
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:doi:10.3929/ethz-a-005778381
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:KOF Working Papers, KOF Konjunkturforschungsstelle, ETH Zürich

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