Selling Out on the UN Security Council

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Executive Summary

Election to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) provides non-democratic nations with an opportunity to trade policy support in exchange for aid and other forms of financial assistance. This has pernicious implications for political and economic development. Nations elected to one of the ten temporary two year seats on the United Nations Security Council experience substantially lower economic growth during their time on the council than comparable nations not on the UNSC. Over the two year period of UNSC membership and the following two years, during which a nation is ineligible for reelection, UNSC nations experience a 3.5% contraction in their economy relative to nations not elected to the UNSC.

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