The Pernicious Consequences of UN Security Council Membership

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith

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    Nations elected to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as temporary members have lower levels of economic growth, become less democratic, and experience more restrictions on press freedoms than comparable nations not elected to the UNSC. Using regression and matching techniques the authors show, for instance, that 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 percent contraction in their economy relative to nations not elected to the UNSC. The detrimental effects of UNSC membership are strongest in nondemocratic nations. The authors contrast these results with the growing evidence that nations elected to the UNSC receive greater development assistance.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)667-686
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Conflict Resolution
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - 2010


    • International Organizations
    • United Nations Security Council
    • economic growth
    • foreign aid

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Business, Management and Accounting
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations


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