I am a political scientist at the London School of Economics. My main research is in political economy and in the formal and empirical analysis of decisionmaking in political parties,legislatures and by executives. Amongst other issues I have looked at how cabinets structure the incentives of ministers, how leadership acts as a coordinating focal point, how political parties aggregate dispersed information, and how elections provide incentives for policy experimentation. On these pages you can find brief details on my research and download some of my published articles and working papers.You can find a short CV by clicking here. I am the Director of the Political Science and Political Economy group. We hold a weekly research seminar and an annual conference (jointly hosted with New York University).
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" On Good Leaders and Their Associates" with Francesco Squintani (Forthcoming, American Political Science Review)
" Electoral Competition, Control and Learning" with Rafael Hortala-Vallve (Forthcoming, British Journal of Political Science)
" In Defence of Factions" with Francesco Squintani (2016. American Journal of Political Science,60:4)
" Information Aggregation and Optimal Structure of the Executive " with Andrea Galeotti, Christian Ghiglino and Francesco Squintani, (2015. American Journal of Political Science, 59:2)
" Franchise Extension and the British Aristocracy "
with Samuel Berlinski and Brenda Van Coppenolle,
"Elements of Political Persuasion: Content, Contact, or Cue" with Macartan Humphreys and Daniel Rubenson, (2014. Economic Journal, 124:574)
"Dynamic Government Performance: Honeymoons and Crisis of Confidence
" with David P. Myatt
"The Rhetorical Strategies of Leaders: Speaking Clearly, Standing Back, and Stepping Down" with David P. Myatt
(2012. Journal of Theoretical Politics, 24:4). Winner of the American Political Science Association prize for the best conference paper in political economy
"Strategic Opposition and Government Cohesion in Westminister Democracies" with Arthur Spirling
"The Three A's of Government Formation: Appointment, Allocation, and Assignment
" with Rafael Hortala-Vallve (2011. American Journal of Political Science, 55:3)
" The Political Consequences of Franchise Extension: Evidence from the Second Reform Act"
with Samuel Berlinski (2011. Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 6:3-4)
"Political Economy Models of Elections" with Kenneth A. Shepsle (2011. Annual Review of Political Science)
"The Declining Talent Pool of Government" with David P.Myatt
(2010. American Journal of Political Science, 54:2), winner of the Midwest Political Science Association prize for best article published in the AJPS in 2010
"Individual and Collective Ministerial Performance and the Tenure of British Ministers 1945-1997"
with Samuel Berlinski and Keith Dowding (2010. Journal of Politics, 72:2)
"Qualities of Leadership: Communication, Direction and Obfuscation" with David P. Myatt
"Recent Economic Perspectives on Political Economy,Part I" with Kenneth A. Shepsle,
"Recent Economic Perspectives on Political Economy,Part II" with Kenneth A. Shepsle,
(2007. American Political Science Review, 101:4)
"Scandal, Protection and Recovery in the Cabinet" with David P. Myatt
(2007. American Political Science Review, 101:1)
"The Length of Ministerial Tenure in the UK 1945-1997" with Samuel Berlinski and Keith Dowding
"Why States Don't Defect: Refugee Protection and Implicit Burden Sharing" with Eiko Thieleman
"The Corrective Effect of Ministerial Resignations" with Keith Dowding
(2005. American Journal of Political Science, 49:1)
" Playing for the Winning Team: Selection, Performance, and Longevity of Organizations "
with David P. Myatt
" Victorian Voting: Party Orientation and Class Alignment Revisted "
with Jaako Merilainen and Janne Tukiainen
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I teach ``Game Theory for Political Science'' and a specialised course on topics in political science and political economy ``Governments, Parties and Elections''
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