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
Pages (from-to)394-411
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Journal of Political Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Alphabetical ordering indicates equal contributions. Support for this research was provided by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2016S1A3A2925085).

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2019.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Political Science and International Relations


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