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IMF Lending: Partisanship, Punishment, and Protest

Abouharb, M Rodwan; Reinsberg, Bernhard; (2024) IMF Lending: Partisanship, Punishment, and Protest. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This Element argues that governments allocate adjustment burdens strategically to protect their supporters, imposing adjustment costs upon the supporters of their opponents, who then protest in response. Using large-N micro-level survey data from three world regions and a global survey, it discusses the local political economy of International Monetary Fund (IMF) lending. It finds that opposition supporters in countries under IMF structural adjustment programs (SAP) are more likely to report that the IMF SAP increased economic hardships than government supporters and countries without IMF exposure. In addition, it finds that partisan gaps in IMF SAP evaluations widen in IMF program countries with an above-median number of conditions, suggesting that opposition supporters face heavier adjustment burdens, and that opposition supporters who think SAPs made their lives worse are more likely to protest. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

Type: Book
Title: IMF Lending: Partisanship, Punishment, and Protest
ISBN: 1009451154
ISBN-13: 9781009451116
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/9781009451116
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009451116
Language: English
Additional information: © Cambridge University Press 2024. This content is Open Access and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence CC-BY-NC 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/cclicenses/).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10184553
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