Economic Sanctions and Government Spending Adjustments: The Case of Disaster Preparedness

Elena V. McLean, Taehee Whang

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Economic sanctions research suggests that sanctioned countries' overall economic costs tend to be low. This article argues that, despite this, sanction costs can force the governments of these countries to reallocate budget resources from low-priority spending categories to other categories in an effort to minimize their political costs. One such low-priority category is disaster preparedness and mitigation. The authors show that economic sanctions lead to reduced disaster preparedness spending and, as a result, increase the scale of economic and human losses generated by natural disasters in sanctioned countries.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Political Science
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019 Jan 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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