Title

Do Majoritarian Electoral Systems Favor Consumers: Identifying Cross-National Consumer Bias

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2012

Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Abstract

Weinberg, Joe. (2012) Do Majoritarian Electoral Systems Favor Consumers: Identifying Cross-National Consumer Bias. International Studies Quarterly, doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2478.2012.00751.x ?(c) International Studies Association This article builds off of previous work by Rogowski and Kayser (2002) and Chang, Kayser, and Rogowski (2008) in order to determine the effects of democracy styles on trade policy preferences. This work uses the common StiglerPeltzman Framework of regulation and finds a bias that favors consumers in majoritarian systems and favors producers in proportional representation systems. Their measurement of bias leaves many gaps in the interpretation of their results, a problem that is remedied by using a more direct measurement of bias. This article uses a single policy, agriculture, in order to determine whether this evidence of consumer bias holds. While the results are largely in line with the previous work, the modeling style and the dependent variable of choice strengthens the results and the connection to the theoretical framework of Stigler and Peltzman.

Publication Title

International State Quarterly

Volume

56

Issue

4

First Page

820

Last Page

951