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Guns, butter, and human rights – The congressional politics of U.S. aid to Egypt

Berger, L 2012, 'Guns, butter, and human rights – The congressional politics of U.S. aid to Egypt' , American Politics Research .

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      In February 2011, the dramatic ouster of Hosni Mubarak threw into the spotlight the U.S. policy of granting generous and unconditional aid to the Egyptian regime at a time when the strategic rationale for such aid had become less obvious and calls for inserting human rights considerations into foreign aid allocations more prominent. Focusing on an unprecedented set of roll call votes taken in the U.S. House of Representatives during the years 2004 to 2007, this paper offers the first quantitative assessment of the determinants of Congressional support for U.S. economic and military aid for Egypt. It challenges conventional wisdom on the limited role of campaign contributions in Congressional decision-making by highlighting the central role of defense lobby contributions in maintaining the Congressional coalition that shielded Egypt’s pre-revolutionary regime from increased U.S. pressure in the years leading up to its eventual demise.

      Item Type: Article
      Additional Information: This unrestricted online appendix contains results of the descriptive and regression analysis discussed in the paper Guns, Butter, and Human Rights - The Congressional Politics of U.S. Aid to Egypt as well as the paper’s pre-peer-review version. The paper is in press with American Politics Research.
      Uncontrolled Keywords: U.S. Congress; Egypt; human rights; U.S. defense industry; pro-Israel lobby; Arab Americans; Muslim Americans
      Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
      Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
      Journal or Publication Title: American Politics Research
      Publisher: SAGE Publications
      Refereed: Yes
      ISSN: 1532-673X
      Depositing User: Dr Lars Berger
      Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2011 14:43
      Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:18

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