Reciprocity and Public Opposition to Foreign Direct Investment


Chilton, Adam S., Helen V. Milner, and Dustin Tingley. 2020. “Reciprocity and Public Opposition to Foreign Direct Investment”. British Journal of Political Science 50 (1) : 129-153.

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Prior international political economy public opinion research has primarily examined how economic and socio-cultural factors shape individuals’ views on the flows of goods, people and capital. This research has largely ignored whether individuals also care about rewarding or punishing foreign countries for their policies on these issues. We tested this possibility by administering a series of conjoint and traditional survey experiments in the United States and China that examined how reciprocity influences opposition to foreign acquisitions of domestic companies. We find that reciprocity is an important determinant of public opinion on the regulation of foreign investments. This suggests the need to consider the policies that other countries adopt when trying to explain public attitudes toward global economic integration.


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