Julia Cagé, Edgard Dewitte, 04 February 2022

The UK has regulated campaign finance practices for more than 150 years. This column analyses UK electoral campaigns from 1857 to 2017 to investigate the role played by money in politics. While the amounts spent on candidates’ campaigns have decreased dramatically since 1880, the correlation between this spending and the votes candidates received has in fact risen. The authors argue that this is due at least partly to the introduction of decentralised media technologies, such as local radio and the internet.

Raphael Auer, Barthélémy Bonadio, Andrei Levchenko, 07 February 2019

The tide has turned in international trade, with watershed political moments across the world showing the growing popularity of protectionist measures. This column analyses the relationship between the distributional effects of trade and voting patterns by modelling a scenario in which NAFTA is dismantled. It finds that the areas that voted most overwhelmingly for the Trump administration are the same as those that would experience the greatest wage decreases if NAFTA were to be revoked, due to the strong correlation in areas that face import competition from and export exposure to NAFTA partners.

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