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Director of Graduate and Postdoctoral Training, Institute of Behavioral Science

Program on International Development

Research Interests

My research focuses on comparative politics and political economy, especially in transitional countries including those of Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. In particular, I examine how politics influences economic policy choices and vice versa. My research has appeared in Party Politics and edited volumes. I am currently working on a book manuscript entitled The Political Economy of Reversal which examines why countries that undertake the substantial political, fiscal, and economic costs of adopting market-oriented reforms may ultimately abandon these measures. I argue that the transitional costs of implementing a reform, partisan politics, policy diffusion, and domestic coalitions have independent and interactive effects on when market-oriented reforms will be reversed.