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Political Budget Cycles  

Lasse Aaskoven and David Dreyer Lassen

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Apr 2017
The political budget cycle—how elections affect government fiscal policy—is one of the most studied subjects in political economy and political science. The key theoretical question is ... More

The Political Economy of Aid Conditionality  

Desha Girod

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Feb 2018
Studies of Western development assistance conclude that aid is effective only when recipients have good governance, measured as pro-investment policies, democratic institutions, and ... More

The Political Economy of Financial Markets  

Federico Maria Ferrara and Thomas Sattler

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Jul 2018
The relationship between politics and financial markets is central for many, if not most, political economy arguments. The existing literature focuses on the effect of domestic and ... More

The Political Economy of Gender  

Annabelle Hutchinson, Elizabeth K. McGuire, Frances McCall Rosenbluth, and Hikaru Yamagishi

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Jul 2018
Compared to their male counterparts, females the world over typically achieve lower levels of pay, status, and representation. But the patterns of gender gaps in wages and power across ... More

The Political Economy of Hegemony: The (Surprising) Persistence of American Hegemony  

Thomas Oatley

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Sep 2017
First-generation research in International Political Economy focused considerable attention on the relationship between hegemony and global economic stability. This focus was the result of ... More

The Political Economy of Monetary Policy  

Cristina Bodea

The recent global economic crisis has renewed interest in the nature and history of monetary policy, the distributional effects of central bank policy, central bank governance, and the ... More

The Political Economy of NAFTA/USMCA  

Gustavo A. Flores-Macías and Mariano Sánchez-Talanquer

When the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into force on January 1st, 1994, it created the largest free trade area in the world, and the one with the largest gaps in ... More

Political Parties and Political Economy in Africa’s Democracies, 1990–2018  

M. Anne Pitcher

On a continent where the majority of people are poor, do political parties represent class cleavages? Do parties have strong linkages to ordinary voters? Do economic policies address their ... More

The Politics of Domestic Taxation  

Lucy Barnes

All governments require revenue, and domestic taxes are the primary means for generating it. Yet both the size and shape of taxation vary significantly across countries and have been ... More

The Politics of International Trade  

Mary Anne Madeira

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Feb 2018
International trade and state efforts to liberalize or restrict trade generate very contentious politics. Trade creates winners and losers at the individual level, firm level, industry ... More

The Politics of Trade and Climate Change  

Daniel Yuichi Kono

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Jan 2019
Both trade and climate change policies affect the international competitiveness of carbon-intensive industries. This suggests that policy changes in one area may affect politics in the ... More

Populist Politics in Africa  

Danielle Resnick

Although widely used in reference to the Americas and Europe, the concept of populism has been less frequently applied to political dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa. Populism is variously ... More

The Possibility of Developmental States in Africa  

Ellen Hillbom

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Feb 2019
Since roughly the turn of the millennium, there has been a growing literature discussing the potential characteristics of African Developmental States—if they exists and in that case how ... More

Postcolonial Approaches to the Study of African Politics  

Grace Adeniyi Ogunyankin

Postcolonial theory has been embraced and critiqued by various scholars since the 1980s. Central to the field of postcolonial studies is the examination of colonial episteme and discourse, ... More

Regional Integration Theory  

Frank Schimmelfennig

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Feb 2018
Regional integration theory seeks to explain the establishment and development of regional international organizations. Key questions are why and under which conditions states decide to ... More

The Resource Curse in Latin America  

Elissaios Papyrakis and Lorenzo Pellegrini

The resource curse hypothesis suggests that countries that are rich in natural resources are more likely to experience poor economic growth and other developmental problems. Latin American ... More

Resource Wealth and Political Decentralization in Latin America  

Moises Arce and Michael Hendricks

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Sep 2019
Existing literature has emphasized economic conditions as central to protests over resource extraction. However, it is also necessary to examine the political conditions that make some ... More

Responses to Economic Crisis in Africa  

Peter M. Lewis

In the era following the decolonization of Africa, the economic performance of countries on the continent can be traced across three periods. The early postindependence years reflected ... More

Slum Politics in Africa  

Jacqueline M. Klopp and Jeffrey W. Paller

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May 2019
Africa’s growing slums are complex, diverse neighborhoods with their own histories. Currently, these places, characterized by spatially concentrated poverty and human rights abuses, are ... More

Strategic Voting Versus Sincere Voting  

Damien Bol and Tom Verthé

People do not always vote for the party that they like the most. Sometimes, they choose to vote for another one because they want to maximize their influence on the outcome of the ... More

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