Duke University Political Science

Chair

    • Jack Knight
    • Chair and Frederic Cleaveland Professor of Law and Political Science
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Associate Chair

    • Scott de Marchi
    • Associate Chair and Professor
    • His work focuses on mathematical methods, especially computational social science, machine learning, and mixed methods. Substantively, he examines individual decision-making in contexts that include the American Congress and presidency, bargaining in legislatures, interstate conflict, and voting behavior. He has been an external fellow at the Santa ...
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Director of Undergraduate Studies

    • Bahar Leventoglu
    • Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor
    • Bahar Leventoglu is a formal theorist with substantive interests in international relations and political economy. Currently, she has four different ongoing lines of research. One line of research focuses on how leaders use public statements to affect their bargaining position in international negotiations. A second line of research deals with rational explanations of ...
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Director of Graduate Studies

    • Pablo Beramendi
    • Associate Professor of Political Economy and Director of Graduate Studies (2013-2016)
    • Areas of interest: Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution Taxation Political and Economic Geography Federalism and Political Integration Comparative Political Institutions Politico-Economic History Methods for Comparative Politics
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Assistant to Director of Graduate Studies

Faculty

Full Time Political Science Faculty

    • John H Aldrich
    • Pfizer-Pratt University Professor
    • Pfizer-Pratt University Professor of Political Science. He specializes in American politics and behavior, formal theory, and methodology. Books he has authored or co-authored include Why Parties, Before the Convention, Linear Probability, Logit and Probit Models, and a series of books on elections, the most recent of which is Change and Continuity ...
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    • Laia Balcells
    • Assistant Professor
    • Laia Balcells (Yale PhD, 2010) is Assistant Professor of Political Science. Her research explores the determinants of political violence and civil wars, warfare dynamics during conflict, and redistribution and conflict. She has recently published at the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, Politics & Society, ...
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    • Kyle Beardsley
    • Associate Professor
    • Kyle Beardsley (Ph.D., UCSD, 2006) is Associate Professor of Political Science. His research interests include the political consequences and causes of third-party involvement in peace processes, the nature of intrastate rebellion, the motivations for and implications of gender balancing in post-conflict security forces, and the effects of nuclear-weapons proliferation on crisis behavior. His book, The Mediation ...
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    • Pablo Beramendi
    • Associate Professor of Political Economy and Director of Graduate Studies (2013-2016)
    • Areas of interest: Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution Taxation Political and Economic Geography Federalism and Political Integration Comparative Political Institutions Politico-Economic History Methods for Comparative Politics
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    • Tim Buthe
    • Associate Professor
    • My research is driven by two primary interests that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries. First, I seek to advance our understanding of how political, legal, and economic institutions not only constrain but also empower some stakeholders vis-à-vis others and how these distributional consequences affect institutional persistence and change ...
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    • Scott de Marchi
    • Associate Chair and Professor
    • His work focuses on mathematical methods, especially computational social science, machine learning, and mixed methods. Substantively, he examines individual decision-making in contexts that include the American Congress and presidency, bargaining in legislatures, interstate conflict, and voting behavior. He has been an external fellow at the Santa ...
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    • Peter D. Feaver
    • Professor
    • Peter D. Feaver (Ph.D., Harvard, 1990) is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) and also Director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS). From June 2005 to July 2007, Feaver was on leave to be Special Advisor for Strategic Planning ...
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    • Michael A. Gillespie
    • Professor of Political Science and Philosophy and Director of the Duke Program in American Values and Institutions
    • Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, works in political philosophy, with particular emphasis on modern continental theory and the history of political philosophy. He is the author of Hegel, Heidegger and the Ground of History, Nihilism before Nietzsche, and The Theological Origins of Modernity. He is also co-editor of Nietzsche's New ...
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    • Ruth W. Grant
    • Professor
    • Ruth Grant is a Professor of Political Science at Duke University, specializing in political theory with a particular interest in early modern philosophy and political ethics. She is the author of John Locke's Liberalism and of Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau and the Ethics of Politics. She is also the editor of two collections of ...
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    • Joseph M Grieco
    • Professor
    • Professor of Political Science, concentrates on theories of international relations, issues of international political economy, and problems of international conflict. He is the author of Cooperation Among Nations: Europe, America, and Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade, and Between Dependency and Autonomy: India's Experience with the International Computer Industry; and the co-author (with G. John Ikenberry) of State ...
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    • Kerry L Haynie
    • Associate Professor
    • Kerry L. Haynie is an Associate Professor of Political Science and African & African American Studies. He directs Duke’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences, and is one of the editors of the journal, Politics, Groups, and Identities. A native of Kannapolis, North Carolina, he received his B.A.(1985) and Ph.D. (1994) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He ...
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    • D. Sunshine Hillygus
    • Associate Professor
    • Professor Hillygus has published widely on the topics of American political behavior, campaigns and elections, survey methods, public opinion, and information technology and politics. She is co-author of The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Political Campaigns (Princeton University Press, 2008) and The Hard Count: The Social and Political Challenges of the 2000 Census (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006). From 2003-2009, she taught at Harvard University, where she was the Frederick S. Danziger Associate Professor of Government and founding director of the ...
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    • Jerry F Hough
    • James B Duke Professor
    • James B. Duke Professor of Political Science, formerly specialized in the government and politics of the former Soviet Union. He is the author of How the Soviet Union is Governed; Soviet Leadership in Transition; The Struggle for the Third World; Soviet Debate and American Options; Democratization and Revolution in the USSR 1985-1991; and The ...
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    • Christopher Johnston
    • Assistant Professor
    • Professor Johnston teaches courses in public opinion, political behavior, and political methodology, with an emphasis on the application of psychological theory and methods to mass politics. His teaching and research examines the motivational underpinnings of political judgment and decision making. His articles appear in a wide range of journals in ...
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    • William R. Keech
    • Research Professor
    • William Keech is Research Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Political Science at Duke University. He is emeritus professor of political economy at Carnegie Mellon University and adjunct professor at the Qatar campus of Carnegie Mellon. From 1965 through 1996 he was on the political science faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel ...
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    • Alexander S. Kirshner
    • Assistant Professor
    • My research cuts across democratic theory, comparative politics and constitutional law. I have just completed a book investigating the paradoxical ethical dilemmas raised by antidemocratic opposition to democratic government (forthcoming-Yale University Press). My current research explores the intellectual history and practice of legitimate opposition and the competition between religious parties in contemporary ...
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    • Herbert P Kitschelt
    • George V. Allen Professor of International Relations
    • Professor of Political Science, specializes in comparative political parties and elections in established and new democracies, comparative public policy/political economy, and 20th century social theory. In the 1980s, he authored three books in German about comparative industrial and technology policy and related social movements, with condensed English ...
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    • Jack Knight
    • Chair and Frederic Cleaveland Professor of Law and Political Science
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    • Timur Kuran
    • Professor of Economics and Political Science and Gorter Family Chair in Islamic Studies
    • Timur Kuran is Professor of Economics and Political Science, and Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. His research focuses on (1) social change, including the evolution of preferences and institutions, and (2) the economic and political history and modernization of the Middle East. His current projects include a study of the ...
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    • Bahar Leventoglu
    • Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor
    • Bahar Leventoglu is a formal theorist with substantive interests in international relations and political economy. Currently, she has four different ongoing lines of research. One line of research focuses on how leaders use public statements to affect their bargaining position in international negotiations. A second line of research deals with rational explanations of ...
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    • Abdeslam E. Maghraoui
    • Associate Professor of the Practice
    • Dr. Maghraoui is associate professor of the practice of political science. He is core faculty in the Duke Islamic Studies Center and Duke University Middle East Studies Center. His research focuses on the interactions between culture and politics in the context of Arab and Muslim majority countries. His work encompasses three overlapping areas ...
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    • Edmund J Malesky
    • Associate Professor
    • Malesky is a specialist on Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam. Currently, Malesky's research agenda is very much at the intersection of Comparative and International Political Economy, falling into three major categories: 1) Authoritarian political institutions and their consequences; 2) The political influence of foreign direct investment and multinational corporations; and 3) Political institutions, private business development, and ...
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    • Paula D. McClain
    • Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Political Science and Director, Ralph Bunche Institute
    • Paula D. McClain is professor of political science and public policy at Duke University. She is also Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education. A Howard University Ph.D., her primary research interests are in racial minority group politics, particularly inter-minority political and social competition, and urban politics. ...
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    • Michael C. Munger
    • Professor Political Science and Professor of Economics
    • Professor of Political Science, and Director of the PPE Certificate Program. His primary research focus is on the functioning of markets, regulation, and government institutions. He has taught at Dartmouth College, University of Texas, and University of North Carolina (where he was Director of the Master of Public Administration Program), as well as working ...
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    • Emerson Niou
    • Professor
    • EMERSON M.S. NIOU (Ph.D., U. of Texas at Austin, 1987) is Professor of Political Science at Duke University. He is the co-author of The Balance of Power, Cambridge University Press, 1989. His recent publications include: “A Theory of Economic Sanctions and Issue Linkage,” with Dean Lacy, Journal of Politics, 2004; “Term Limits as a Response ...
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    • David L Paletz
    • Professor Emeritus
    • Professor of Political Science. David L. Paletz is the 2012-2013 recipient of the David Swanson Award for Service to Political Communication Scholarship given by the Political Communication Sections of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the International Communication Association (ICA). He is also the former editor of the journal ...
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    • Karen Remmer
    • Professor
    • Professor of Political Science who specializes in comparative politics, political economy, and political institutions with central emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. Her recent research explores the rise of leftist-populist governance in Latin America, exogenous shocks and democratic accountability in the Caribbean, and the impact of political ...
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    • David W Rohde
    • Ernestine Friedl Professor of Political Science
    • David W. Rohde, Ernestine Friedl Professor of Political Science at Duke University and Director of the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program. He has researched various aspects of American national politics, including the Congress, the presidency, the Supreme Court, and presidential and congressional elections. Rohde has been editor of the ...
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    • Tianjian Shi
    • In Memoriam
    • Associate Professor of Political Science, specializes in comparative politics with an emphasis on political culture and political participation in Chines politics. He is the author of Political Participation in Beijing (Harvard University Press, 1997). His research has appeared in World Politics, Daedalus and Asian Survey. His current research, funded by the National Science ...
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    • David A. Siegel
    • Associate Professor
    • David A Siegel (Stanford Ph.D., 2006) is Associate Professor of Political Science. His research addresses the theoretical determinants of collective action in the contexts of political violence and terrorism, elections, and opinion and identity formation. He has published in journals such as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, ...
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    • Thomas A Spragens
    • Professor
    • Professor of Political Science, specializes in modern political theory and the contemporary theory of liberal democracy. He has written The Dilemma of Contemporary Political Theory: Toward a Post-Behavioral Science of Politics (1973), The Politics of Motion: The World of Thomas Hobbes(1973), and Understanding Political Theory (1976). His book, The ...
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    • Erik Wibbels
    • Professor
    • An Associate Professor of Political Science, Wibbels' research focuses on development, decentralized governance, and other areas of political economy. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and he has published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, International ...
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Affiliated Faculty

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    • Sarah B Bermeo
    • Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
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    • Evan Charney
    • Associate Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and Political Science; Fellow, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Political Science
    • Genetics and political ideology, political psychology, theories of personality, methodology of the social sciences, liberalism, constitutional law, multiculturalism, and nationalism.
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    • Albert F Eldridge
    • Emeritus Associate Professor
    • Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies, specializes in international politics and American foreign policy. Professor Eldridge also teaches in the area of political violence, dealing with questions of the preconditions of violent domestic and foreign conflict behavior, particularly terrorism. His publications ...
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    • J. Peter Euben
    • Research Professor Emeritus
    • PETER EUBEN (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is Research Professor of Political Science and the Kenan Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Ethics. He specializes in ancient, modern, and contemporary political thought; literature and politics; political education; democratic culture and politics; and the politics of morality. He is the author of ...
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    • Peter G Fish
    • Professor Emeritus
    • Professor of Political Science and of Law, specializes in public law, the judicial process, and the development of U.S. courts and law. He is the author of The Politics of Federal Administration, The Office of Chief Justice, and a chapter in An Uncertain Tradition: Constitutionalism, and the History of the South, and in The Early Republic and the Sea: Essays on the Naval and ...
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    • Kristin A. Goss
    • Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies and Political Science
    • Kristin A. Goss came to Duke in 2005 as an assistant professor of public policy studies and political science. Her research focuses on why people do (or don’t) participate in political life and how their participation or non-participation affects public policymaking. At Duke, she is working with Professor Joel Fleishman to expand our understanding of philanthropic foundations’ impact on public policy. Goss is the author of Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America (Princeton ...
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    • Malachi H. Hacohen
    • Fred W. Shaffer Associate Professor of History, Political Science and Religion
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    • James T. Hamilton
    • Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Public Policy, Economics, and Political Science
    • Economics of Regulation, Public Choice/Political Economy, Environmental Policy, Media
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    • Ole R Holsti
    • George V Allen Professor Emeritus
    • George V. Allen Professor of Political Science, specializes in international politics and foreign policy decision-making. He is the author of Crisis, Escalation, War, Content Analysis for the Social Sciences and Humanities, and Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy and co-author of International Alliance: Unity and Disintegration, Enemies in Politics, Communication Content, Content Analysis, Change in the International ...
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    • Donald L Horowitz
    • James B Duke Professor of Law and Political Science
    • Donald L. Horowitz is the James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University. Professor Horowitz is the author of six books: The Courts and Social Policy (1977), which won the Louis Brownlow Award of the National Academy of Public Administration; The Jurocracy (1977), a book about government lawyers; Coup Theories and Officers’ ...
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    • Bruce W. Jentleson
    • Professor of Public Policy Studies and Political Science
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    • Sheridan W Johns
    • Professor Emeritus
    • Professor Emeritus of Political Science is an Africanist who also teaches in the areas of comparative politics and international resource politics. He taught at Northwestern, Brandeis, and the University of Zambia before coming to Duke. In 1978-79 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague; in 1983 and 1985 he was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe; in 1993 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Southern African ...
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    • Tana L Johnson
    • Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
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    • Judith Kelley
    • Kevin D. Gorter Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
    • Kelley's work focuses on how various international actors can promote domestic political reforms in recalcitrant states, and how international norms and law influence state behavior. Substantively, her work addresses human rights and democracy, international election observation, human trafficking, the International Criminal Court, the European Union ...
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    • Allan Kornberg
    • Norb F Schaefer Professor Emeritus
    • Allan Kornberg is Norb F. Schaefer Professor of Political Science at Duke University. His research concentrates on political parties, legislatures, and comparative political behavior. He is the author of Canadian Legislative Behavior: A Study of the 25th Parliament; co-author of Influence in Parliament: Canada; Citizen Politicians- Canada; Representative Democracy in ...
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    • Anirudh Krishna
    • Professor of Public Policy and Political Science and Associate Dean for International Academic Programs
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    • Peter Lange
    • Provost and Professor of Political Science
    • Provost and Professor of Political Science and prior Chair of the department. His principal interests are comparative politics and political economy and twentieth century European politics. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of Union Democracy and Liberal Corporatism: Exit, Voice and Wage Regulation in Postwar Europe, co-author of Unions, Change and Crisis: French and Italian ...
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    • Frederick W. Mayer
    • Associate Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science
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    • Margaret A McKean
    • Professor Emerita and Research Professor of Environmental Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment
    • Professor of Political Science and Research Professor of Environmental Policy in the Nicholas School, studies political institutions, particularly electoral arrangements and property rights, and is interested in applying theories of cooperation to the management of common-pool goods like environmental resources. One stream of her work concerns policymaking ...
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    • Ellen Mickiewicz
    • James R. Shepley Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
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    • David E. Price
    • Professor of Political Science and Professor of Public Policy and Political Science and Member of Congress representing Fourth District of NC
    • Price taught political science and public policy at Duke University. He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system. He is a founding member of the Democratic Leadership Council, an organization of moderate Democrats. He served as Executive Director of the N.C. Democratic Party from 1979-80 and as Chairman from 1983-84. In 1990, Price was ...
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    • Alexander Rosenberg
    • R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Political Science
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    • David Soskice
    • Research Professor Emeritus
    • David Soskice is Research Professor of Political Science at Duke University. And he is Research Professor of Comparative Political Economy at Oxford University and Senior Research Fellow of Nuffield College. He was Director of the Research Institute for Economic Change and Employment at the Wissenschaftszentrum für Socialforschung in Berlin (WZB)from 1990 ...
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American Politics

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Comparative Politics

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    • Gregory S. Schober
    • Comparative Politics
    • My research interests are at the intersection of comparative politics and public policy, with an emphasis on how social policy shapes political behavior, governance, and health outcomes in the Global South. My dissertation considers the consequences of targeted government programs for citizen and elite political behavior, with a focus on the effects of conditional cash transfer programs (CCTs) in Latin America. Three main research questions are analyzed: (1) what is the effect of CCT participation ...
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    • Simon W. Weschle
    • Comparative Politics
    • My research focuses on money in politics and party competition in a comparative context. At the heart of this agenda is my dissertation, which examines the different ways that special interest money enters politics. Politicians solicit campaign contributions that help them in their election campaigns; they enrich themselves while in office by accepting bribes; or, increasingly in many countries, they go through the “revolving door” and take up lucrative post-government jobs in ...
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