Bureaucratic Behavior in the Political Economy of Trade

Minju Kim
Career bureaucrats forge foreign policy at domestic agencies and international economic organizations. They are neither elected nor appointed, yet they implement policies and mediate negotiations. This three-paper dissertation answers the questions of how the career incentives of bureaucrats affect their responsiveness to principals, and how the implementation of policies by bureaucrats, in turn, affects elections. The first paper examines how bureaucrats allocate trade assistance benefits to workers in response to conditional tenure, an employment institution...
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