Recent Publications

Sungho Park and Ji Hyung Park, “The Effect of Revenue Diversification and Form of Government on Public Spending.” Journal Article

Sungho Park (University of Alabama) and Ji Hyung Park (James Madison University) Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management (Vol. 30 Issue. 2, pp.211-229 ) Abstract Funding strategies, as budgetary choices, interacting with political structure, as institutions and structures, may determine the level of public spending as fiscal outputs. Revenue diversification interacting with form

Waleed Hazbun, et al., “Regional Powers and the Production of Insecurity in the Middle East.” Paper

Waleed Hazbun (University of Alabama) Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture (MENARA) WORKING PAPERS No. 11, September 2018 (Published:September 17th, 2018) Abstract What impact have regional powers had on shaping regional order in the Middle East? What role will they play in the future of the regional system? Following the US-led invasion of Iraq

Holger Albrecht, “How to Keep Officers in the Barracks: Causes, Agents, and Types of Military Coups.” Journal Article

Holger Albrecht (University of Alabama) and Ferdinand Eibl International Studies Quarterly Vol. 62, No. 2 (2018), pp. 315-32 Abstract What are the most efficient strategies to prevent military coups d’état? The answer depends on coup agency, that is, who attempts to overthrow the regime: elite officers or lower-ranking combat officers. Elite officers and lower-ranking combat

Holger Albrecht, “Going on the Run: What Drives Military Desertion in Civil War?” Journal Article

Holger Albrecht (University of Alabama), Kevin Koehler Security Studies Vol. 27, No. 2 (2018), pp. 179-203 Abstract Under which circumstances do soldiers and officers desert in a violent domestic conflict? This article studies individual military insubordination in the Syrian civil war, drawing on interviews with deserters from the Syrian army now based in Turkey, Jordan, and

Daniel J. Levine, “After Tragedy: Melodrama and the Rhetoric of Realism.” Journal Article

Daniel J. Levine (University of Alabama) Journal of International Political Theory (Published: August 14, 2018 ) Abstract Responding to renewed interest in political rhetoric among contemporary International Relations (IR)–realists, this article advances three main claims. First, it suggests that tragedy—the dominant aesthetic-narrative mode to which these realists have turned in their rhetorical considerations—is ill-suited to

Christopher Hale, “Generating Generosity in Catholicism and Islam: Beliefs, Institutions, and Public Goods Provision” Book

Christopher Hale (University of Alabama), Carolyn M. Warner (Arizona State University), Ramazan Kilinç (University of Nebraska at Omaha), and Adam B. Cohen (Arizona State University) Abstract Using an innovative methodological approach combining field experiments, case studies, and statistical analyses, this book explores how the religious beliefs and institutions of Catholics and Muslims prompt them to be

Richard Fording, et al., “Do work requirements for federal assistance help people escape poverty? No. Here’s what really happens. ” Blog Article

Richard Fording (University of Alabama) Washington Post (Monkey Cage) (Published:August 13th, 2018 ) Abstract Last month, the Trump administration reopened its effort to allow Kentucky to require low-income citizens to work in exchange for health-care coverage — part of its larger goal of imposing work requirements nationwide for all kinds of benefits, including assistance buying

George Hawley, et al., “The Demography of the Alt-Right ” Report

George Hawley (University of Alabama) Institute for Family Studies (Published: August 9th, 2018 ) Abstract This paper analyzes the demographic attributes of people with views indicating support for explicit white identity politics, finding that there is a strong correlation between these attitudes and income and education levels.

Daniel J. Levine, “Threat inflation as political melodrama: ISIS and the politics of late modern fear.” Journal Article

Daniel J. Levine (University of Alabama) Critical Studies on Security; Published March 16th 2018 Abstract Fearful talk surrounding ISIS discloses two ‘public secrets’ that collectively define the dilemma of late modern politics. The first is a transition from politics that is experienced and narrated chiefly as tragedy to one that is experienced chiefly as melodrama.