Recent Publications

Nicholas Nathan Kerr and Aaron Erlich, “The local mwananchi has lost trust’: design, transition and legitimacy in Kenyan election management.” Journal Article

Nicholas Nathan Kerr (University of Alabama) and Aaron Erlich (McGill University) Journal of Modern African Studies (Published 2016, 54(4), 671-702. doi:10.1017/S0022278X16000604) Abstract Across African democracies, maintaining popular trust in electoral management bodies (EMBs) is vital to enhancing election integrity and, ultimately, regime legitimacy. However, scholars have largely sidestepped any systematic analysis of how citizens formulate

Nicholas Nathan Kerr and Eric Chang, “An Insider–Outsider Theory of Popular Tolerance for Corrupt Politicians .” Journal Article

Nicholas Nathan Kerr (University of Alabama) and Eric Chang (Michigan State University) Governance (Published 2017, 30: 67–84. doi:10.1111/gove.12193 ) Abstract This article addresses the puzzle of electoral support for corrupt politicians in emerging democracies by examining citizens’ varying attitudes toward political corruption. We make an important theoretical distinction between perceptions of and tolerance for corruption,

Christopher W. Hale, “Religious Institutions and Collective Action: The Catholic Church and Political Activism in Indigenous Chiapas and Yucatán.” Journal Article

Christopher W. Hale (University of Alabama) Politics and Religion (June 27, 2017) Abstract Why do religious organizations facilitate secular political activism in some settings but not others? I contend that where religious institutions are characterized by decentralized local governance, they are more likely to facilitate political activism. Drawing on nine months of field research and

Christopher Hale and David Siroky, “Inside Irredentism: A Global Empirical Analysis.” Journal Article

Christopher Hale (University of Alabama) and David Siroky (Arizona State University) American Journal of Political Science (Volume 61; Number 1. Pages 117-128. 2017) Abstract Although many countries have ethnic kin on the “wrong side” of their borders, few seek to annex foreign territories on the basis of ethnicity. This article examines why some states pursue irredentism,

Terry Royed, Robert Thomson, Elin Naurin, and Mark Ferguson, “The Fulfillment of Parties’ Election Pledges: A Comparative Study on the Impact of Power Sharing.” Journal Article

Terry Royed (University of Alabama), Robert Thomson (Monash University), Elin Naurin (University of Gathenburg),  and Mark Ferguson (Bennett College) American Journal of Political Science (Volume 16; Number 3. Pages 527-542. July 2017) Abstract Why are some parties more likely than others to keep the promises they made during previous election campaigns? This study provides the

Nicole Darnell, Hyunjung Ji, and Matthew Potoski, “The Institutional Design of Eco-labels: Sponsorship Signals Rule Strength.” Journal Article

Nicole Darnall (Arizona State University), Hyunjung Ji (University of Alabama), and Matthew Potoski (University of California, Santa Barbara) Regulation & Governance  Abstract Eco-labels are designed to help consumers identify environmentally superior products and services, however, they are not all created equal. Some eco-labels have strong rules that promote environmental improvements, while others have weaker rules

Hyunjung Ji and Nicole Darnall, “All Are Not Created Equal: Assessing Local Governments’ Strategic Approaches Towards Sustainability.” Journal Article

Hyunjung Ji (University of Alabama) and Nicole Darnall (Arizona State University) Public Management Review (Published March 2017) Abstract While local governments often implement equivalent numbers of sustainability programmes, they likely utilize different strategies to design them. We posit that some local governments pursue more of an exploration strategy, by experimenting with a broad range of sustainability

Holger Albrecht, Kevin Koehler and Dorothy Ohl, “From Disaffection to Desertion: How Networks Facilitate Military Insubordination in Civil Conflict.” Journal Article

Holger Albrecht (University of Alabama), Kevin Koehler (American University in Cairo), and Dorothy Ohl (George Washington University) Comparative Politics (Vol. 48, No. 8, pp. 439-457 ; Published July 2016) Abstract Scholarship on intrastate conflict and civil-military relations has largely ignored individual desertions during civil war. We show that high-risk behavior, such as desertion, is best

Daniel J. Levine, et al., “Planet Politics: A Manifesto from the End of IR.” Journal Article

Daniel J. Levine (University of Alabama), Anthony Burke (UNSW Austrailia), Stefanie Fishel (University of Alabama), Audra Mitchell (Balsillie School of International Affairs/Wilfrid, Laurier University), and Simon Dalby (Balsillie School of International Affairs/Wilfrid, Laurier University) Millennium (Published (June, 2016); 44:3 – 499-523 ) Abstract Planet Politics is about rewriting and rethinking International Relations as a set of

J. Norman Baldwin, “Winning at Following: Secrets to Success in Supporting Roles.” Book

J. Norman Baldwin (University of Alabama) Published 2016 Abstract This book presents the first and only road map for finding success and happiness in life’s most common yet underrated role—that of follower. The book synthesizes the findings from the quantitative and qualitative research to reveal the qualities and skills that leaders and managers are looking