Sanction consequences and citizen support: A survey experiment

Tobias Heinrich, Yoshiharu Kobayashi, Timothy M. Peterson

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Recent research disputes the conventional wisdom that "sanctions do not work." It demonstrates that states may impose sanctions for purposes beyond seeking an immediate change in the behavior of targeted regimes. For example, democratic leaders often impose sanctions to satisfy their own domestic constituencies. However, we know little about how the consequences of sanctions shape whether or not citizens favor them. Building on insights from prior studies on the use and consequences of sanctions, we develop theoretical expectations regarding the aspects of sanctions that citizens might favor or disfavor. We use these to design and conduct a survey experiment to explore degrees of support for proposed sanctions. We find that on average, citizens support proposed sanctions that they expect will have a long-run impact on the behavior of the targeted state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-106
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Studies Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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