Political Science

Political Failure and Bureaucratic Potential in Africa

Using a combination of unique datasets, I turn the recent theories on political failure into testable propositions for how these processes unfold in the African context.

Abstention, Protest, and Residual Votes in the 2016 Election

We analyze the significant increase in the residual vote rate in the 2016 presidential election.

Administrative Capacity and Health Care in Africa: Path Dependence as a Contextual Variable

We examine the role of administrative capacity on health outcomes in 36 African nations using the path dependence of being a British colony as the contextual variable.

Are Media at Work in Your Neighborhood? The Effects of Media Freedom, Internet Access, and Information Spillover on Workers’ Rights

In this study, we focus on how access to information empowers workers and pressures government and firms to improve labor conditions.

What Is and What May Never Be: Economic Voting in Developing Democracies

We propose and test a theory that media freedom determines the extent of economic voting in developing democracies.

Stata and Political Science

Stata is today one of the two most popular statistics programs among political scientists.

The 2009 Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Mozambique

Armando Guebuza won reelection by an overwhelming margin. FRELIMO gained further control of the parliament. RENAMO had only a small impact on this election relative to the previous three. A new party, MDM, was able to win a marginal percentage of …

Book Review: Oman: Politics and Society in the Qaboos State – By Marc Valeri

Book review.