COMPASS - Comparative Politics Reading Group

COMPASS hosts the comparative politics reading group where students are invited to present their work in progress, practice job talks, and prepare for conferences for their fellow students and faculty. Refreshments are provided. Traditionally the group has met roughly every other week on Friday from 5-630 pm.

The group does not meet during the summer.


Spring 2015


Winter 2015

March 13

“The State in Africa: When do Politicians Promote Public Sector Development?” by Sarah Brierley

February 27

“Democratic Decentralization” by Kathryn Wainfan

“Media Freedom in Authoritarian Regimes: Signaling Strength or Tying Hands?” by Eoghan Stafford

February 13

“Heterogeneous Effects of Perceptions of Corruption on Turnout: The Mobilizational Importance of Anti-Corruption Campaigning” by Luke Sonnet

“Government Spending and Opposition Structure” by Zsuzsa Magyar

January 30

“Protesting Dictatorship: The Mass Mobilization in Autocracies Database” by Espen Geelmuyden Rød

January 16

“The Legacy of Colonial-State Capacity for Future Economic Success” by Albert Chang

Fall 2014

December 5

“Education and healthcare spending in authoritarian regimes, 1990-2010” by Yuree Noh

November 7

“Country-Level Predictors of Foreign Fighter Supply to Syria: Preliminary Evidence from an Exploratory Low-N Study” by George Derpanopoulos and Luke Sonnet

October 25

“European Integration and Asymmetric Shocks” by Ryan Weldzius (with Ronald Rogowski, Thomas Flaherty, Harrison Katz, and Lauren Peritz)

October 9

“Signaling and Information Acquisition in Authoritarian Institutions: Theory and Evidence from Russian Parliamentary Elections” by Maxim Ananyev

Spring 2014

June 6

“Conflict, Rivalries and the Duration of Authoritarian Regimes” by Joonbum Bae

May 23

“Corruption and the Public Distribution System in Bihar, India” by Galen Murray

April 11

“Shaping a winning party identity: The Zambian case” by Eun Kim

Winter 2014

March 14

“The Effect of Immigration Social Salience on Extreme Right Voting in European Parliamentary Elections” by Safia Farole

February 28

“Why do Protesters Become Armed” by Yuree Noh

“Does Transitional Justice Improve Democratization and Human Rights” by Clint vanSonnenberg

February 14

“Political polarization and Income Inequality: Evidence from U.S. State Legislatures” by Maxim Ananyev

January 31

“Education, Race, and Inequality: On the Determinants of the Distribution of Elementary Education in Brazil” by Josue Nobrega

January 17

“Propaganda or Unbiased Information? The Effect of Access to Information on Political Participation in Tanzania” by Ruth Carlitz (with Johannes Urpelainen, Columbia)

Fall 2013

December 9

“Does Transitional Justice Help Consolidate Democracy, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law?” by Clint vanSonnenberg

“The Careers of Criminal Legislators: Evidence from Italian Municipal, Regional, and National Assemblies” by Raffaele Asquer

November 14

“The Link between Political Competition and Election Violence: Evidence from Ghana's 2012 General Election” by Sarah Brierley

November 7

“Pre-Electoral Coalitions and Spending” by Zsuzsa Magyar

October 18

“Attitude Change in Authoritarian Regime: Case of Vladimir Putin's Approval Rating” by Maxim Ananyev

October 4

“Presidential Turnovers, Decentralization and Distributive Politics in Latin America” by Felipe Nunes

Spring 2013


Winter 2013

January 25th

“Visibility and Accountability: The Politics of Public Goods Provision in Tanzania” by Ruth Carlitz

January 11th

“Criminal Intimidation in India? Analysis of a Precinct Level Dataset from the Uttar Pradesh State Assembly Elections in 2012” by Zsuzsa Magyar

Fall 2012

November 30th

“Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom? Controls on Media Freedom under Authoritarian Regimes” by Eoghan Stafford

November 9th

“The Causal Effect of Income on Trust: The Evidence from 2009 Crisis in Russia” by Maxim Ananyev

October 26th

“Rusty Safety Valves: Remittances and Protests in Developing Countries” by Jesse Acevedo

October 12th

“Cooperation, Agenda-setting Powers and Coalition Governance” by Josué Nobrega

Spring 2012

June 8th

“Does Economic Performance Explains the Breakdown of Single-Party Regimes?" by Sebastián Garrido de Sierra

May 25th

“Government Responses to Protest: American Mayors and the Occupy Movement” by Lisa Mueller

May 11th

“Does Democracy Reduce Child Mortality: Evidence From a New Data Set for 180 Countries, 1970-2008” by Antonio P. Ramos

April 27th

“Transnational Political Economy: How Remittances Influence Local Politics in El Salvador" by Jesse Acevedo