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Domestic Institutions and Economic Performance.   My former colleague Frank Thames and I have authored a number of papers that focus on institutions and fiscal policy. One paper addresses how mixed-member electoral systems affect levels of government expenditure. A second paper evaluates the link between electoral systems that cultivate "personal votes" and levels of government expenditure. A third paper, coauthored with former colleague Jeffrey Edwards, evaluates the effects of democratic institutions on the dissemination of economic growth volatility. Finally, my recent work with Dennis Patterson reinterprets a classic finding regarding the links between culture and economic growth.

Differentiating Mixed-Member Electoral Systems: MMM, MMP, and Government Expenditures (Published in Comparative Political Studies)

District Magnitudes, Personal Votes, and Government Expenditures (Published in Electoral Studies)

Measuring the Dissemination of Volatility across Levels of Development (Published in Topics in Macroeconomics)

The Influence of Cultural Values on Economic Growth: An Expanded Empirical Investigation (Published in Journal of Political Science)

Public Opinion about International Economic Affairs. I have two papers based on a large cross-national survey of citizens in the developing world sponsored by the Pew Global Affairs project. The first of these papers is a study of attitudes toward globalization. A second paper evaluates public opinion regarding the IMF, World Bank and WTO. Both works are intended to test several extant explanations of public opinion head to head, and in so doing help us to understand how citizens form opinions on international economic issues.

Public Opinion Regarding Economic and Cultural Globalization: Evidence from a Cross-National Survey (Published in Review of International Political Economy)

Public Support for the International Economic Organizations: Evidence from Developing Countries (Published in Review of International Organizations)

Studies of international organization membership. A theme connecting my work is the idea that moving beyond the inter-paradigm debate to a more focused appraisal of incentives helps us to better understand both the promise and limits of international organizations. A recent paper evaluates which states were elected to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. We argue that regional groups play an important role in determining who got elected, and democratization across regions has made it easier for states with good records to join.

Sins of Commission? Understanding State Decisions to Join the UN Commission on Human Rights (Published in Political Research Quarterly)