Working-Paper

Short-Term Politics, Long-Term Policy: Developing Institutions to Combat the Resource Curse

While some governments use resource rents for immediate political gain, others create transparent institutions that use natural resource revenue to promote sustainable long-term development. What explains this variation in natural resource policy? I …

Examining the Effect of IMF Conditionality on Natural Resource Policy

This article argues that international organizations influence domestic policy not only directly, but also indirectly: in addition to setting international best practices, they affect how domestic institutions set practices of their own. To test this …

Mineral Spirits: The Political Economy of Global Finance and Natural Resource Wealth in Latin America

Natural resources like oil, natural gas, and minerals are often associated with a pattern of over-optimism among economic actors. In the wake of a sizable new oil discovery, for example, governments, markets, and international organizations tend to …

Modeling Text in Time and Space

What is the relationship between electoral campaign duration and electoral campaign content? While the 2015 United Kingdom general election was scheduled four years ahead of time, the 2017 and 2019 snap elections were called just weeks in advance, …