Past Events

April 28, 2014

Are institutions under autocracy concessions or tools of control? With evidence from Kenya under one party rule (1969-1983), this paper investigates the conditions under which autocratic institutions serve as concessions to fellow elites and when they are used by autocrats as mere tools of control. It exploits leadership turnover in Kenya in 1978 occasioned by the death of the sitting autocratic president, and the fact that Kenyan presidents were constitutionally mandated to appoint sitting Members of Parliament to the Cabinet. Analysis of legislative election results shows that quasi-independent institutions populated by elites with independent power bases are more likely to emerge under strong and politically secure autocrats than under weak autocrats.

April 25, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Sophia Reibetanz Moreau, J.D. (Toronto) 2002; Ph.D. (Harvard) 2000; B.Phil. (Oxford) 1996; B.A. (Toronto) 1994 is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law.  She is cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy.

Professor Moreau served as law clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2002-2003.  She has also been a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at Harvard University, where she wrote a doctoral dissertation in the Department of Philosophy on practical deliberation, the nature of autonomy and the significance of character; and a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford, where she completed a B.Phil. in legal and political philosophy.

April 23, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

April 21, 2014

Why do foreign enterprises experience more labor protests than domestic enterprises in authoritarian states? This paper argues that presence of anti-foreign sentiment is one of the factors that induce higher incidence of labor protests at foreign enterprises. Evidence from a survey experiment in China reveals that anti-foreign sentiment produces higher willingness to engage in a labor protest at foreign enterprises mainly for three reasons.

April 18, 2014

The PSGSA is hosting a Panel discussion on the Crimea crisis. Political Science professors Steve Krasner, Mike McFaul, and Ken Schultz will share their thoughts on the recent events in Ukraine. The panel will take place on Friday, April 18, in the GSL from 11:30am-1pm (the regular IR workshop time) and lunch will be provided. Don't miss it and mark your calendars now!

April 16, 2014
We implement a novel approach for the detection of publication bias in the social sciences. We leverage TESS (Timeshare Experiments in the Social Sciences), a National Science Foundation sponsored program where researchers propose survey-based experiments to be run on a nationally representative sample. This allows us to analyze a known population of conducted studies, and we therefore have a full accounting of what is published and unpublished. We find substantial evidence of publication bias in the social sciences. The published literature is much more likely to contain significant findings than insignificant findings.
April 14, 2014

While an economic dimension of partisan conflict over taxation and redistribution has been at the heart of democratic politics at least since the rise of mass suffrage in most industrial democracies, policy disagreements related to religion and moral values have continued to provide structure to political conflict in many societies around the world. Among advanced industrial democracies, a cleavage related to religion and morality is the only division that has consistently rivaled social class over the last century (Caramani 2004; Dalton 2008). In the United States, a large literature tracks the recent revival of this dimension and its replacement of race as the clear second dimension in U.S.