Professor Doug Kriner, along with former BU colleague (now at Washington University)...
By David Glick
Taylor Boas, an Assistant Professor in the department, was recently awarded a major grant by the Experiments in Governance and Politics Network. The $300,000 grant will support an ambitious project with his colleague Daniel Hidalgo at MIT to evaluate “Accountability and Incumbent Performance in the Brazilian Northeast.”
Assistant Professors Dino Christenson and David Glick recently won the Pi Sigma Alpha award for the best paper presented at the 2014 Western Political Science Association Conference. The award recognizes their paper “Legitimacy, Ideology, and the Court’s Roller Coaster Week of Salient Decisions” which investigates how salient Supreme Court decisions affect how the public assesses the legitimacy of the Court.
Min Ye, an Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Pardee School and a member of the Graduate Faculty of Political Science recently published her book with Cambridge University Press. The book is titled, Diasporas and Foreign Direct Investment in China and India, and was published in August, 2014.
Rosella Cappella, an assistant professor in the department who focuses on International Relations, was just awarded a grant to support a large workshop by the International Studies Association. Along with Kaija Schilde from the Pardee School at Boston University and Norrin Ripsman from Concordia College, Cappella will organize a workshop titled “The Political Economy of National Security: A New Research Agenda of Military Power, War, and Peace in an Era of Austerity” prior to the International Studies Association annual conference next spring. The workshop will bring 29 scholars together from around the world to discuss issues related to economic crises, austerity, and increased financial globalization and how these issues connect to military power and international dispute resolution.
Professor John Gerring has just received a major grant to investigate some of the most fundamental questions of government around the world. The project will test things like the conventional wisdom that when rulers obey the law, when they are accountable to the people, when personal security and property rights are guaranteed, and when capable bureaucracies are responsive to elected officials, good things will follow. Professor Gerring’s project addresses these issues by leveraging new data from the Varieties of Democracy project (V-Dem) that measure hundreds of aspects of democracy and governance – including electoral competition, the rule of law, civil liberty, inclusion, decentralization, and legislative power – at a very specific level for all sizeable countries in the world from 1900 to 2012. With this immense database at our disposal, the project team will test conventional ideas about the impact of these institutions on outcomes such as economic growth, infrastructure, health, and education over the past century.
Sopfia Perez, an Associate Professor in the department, recently wrote an article on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. This blog is generally considered the leading source of bringing political science analysis to a wider audience. Perez discusses the sudden rise of Spain’s anti-austerity Podemos party and their increasing influence in Spanish politics.
Professor Dino Christenson, along with his colleague Luis Carvalho (Mathematics and Statistics) recently received a major grant from Boston University’s Hariri Institute for Computing. This grant will support their collaborative work into computational analysis of networks. This grant will allow for this exciting interdisciplinary collaboration between members of the Political Science and Mathematics and Statistics departments.
Professor Katie Einstein recently shared her expertise on local politics and polarization at a one day conference called “Dividing Lines” at Marquette University Law School. The conference was co-sponsored by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Professor Einstein’s contributions were featured in the paper. Among other themes, Professor Einstein spoke about the potential for helping both cities and their suburbs by overcoming polarization at the regional level. She also emphasized how race and polarization are inseparable at the local level.
The work of three department members has been recently featured on the London School of Economics “US Politics and Policy” Blog. This blog, run by faculty at LSE, seeks to share academic research on American politics with a wider audience. In the past few weeks the blog featured Professor Doug Kriner’s work on congressional investigations’ impact on Presidential support and Professor David Glick’s work on the diffusion of policy ideas as states try to learn from each other. Last but not least, the site recently featured Professor Dino Christenson’s work on the ways that a strong web presence can level the playing field for long shot candidates in primary races.
Professor Kriner Publishes on Congressional Attitudes About War in the American Journal of Political Science
Professor Doug Kriner published an article in the latest issue of the American Journal of Political Science. The article, co-authored with Frances Shen and titled “Responding to War on Capitol Hill: Battlefield Casualties, Congressional Response, and Public Support for the War in Iraq” explores the sources of congressional attitudes about the war. Kriner and Shen analyze 7500 congressional speeches to measure legislator’s support and opposition to the war. They find that while partisanship and total war casualties matter, legislators are also high responsive to casualties among their own constituents. That is, their views about an international issue like the Iraq war are responsive to its effect on their constituents or, as Kriner put it in a recent post about the piece “All politics, and particularly congressional politics, are local.”