Faculty Publications

Title

Democracy and floating exchange rates

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Democracy, Exchange rate regimes, Exchange rates, Transparency, Veto players

Journal/Book/Conference Title

International Political Science Review

Volume

29

Issue

1

Abstract

A number of articles in the past few years have found that democracies are more likely to commit to a floating exchange rate regime. I argue that we do not have a solid understanding of the causal mechanism that explains why democracies would float more often. I test a variety of hypotheses to explore exactly what features of democratic practice might account for the propensity to declare a float, using two different datasets. While the tests are not conclusive, they suggest that the number of veto players or the regular use of open, competitive elections may influence exchange rate commitments. © 2008 International Political Science Association.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2008

DOI of published version

10.1177/0192512107083448

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