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Forthcoming: “Political Economy of Parliaments,” Chapter in edited volume, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Legislatures, edited by Oliver Rosenberg and Cyril Benoît, Edward Elgar Publishing: Paris, expected 2020.

Bridging the Gap: Lottery-based Procedures in Early Democratization. World Politics, 2019, Volume 71, Issue 2 April 2019 , pp. 197-235. (with Brenda Van Coppenolle).

Cabinet, Committees and Careers: The Causal Effect of Committee Service. The Journal of Politics, 2018, 80:3, 948-963. (with Brenda Van Coppenolle, Leiden).

Political Market Failure? How Government Strength Influences Technology Policy (with Johannes Urpelainen). October–November 2013. Technovation.

Trade sanctions in international environmental policy: Deterring or encouraging free riding? (with Johannes Urpelainen). September 2012, Conflict Management and Peace Science.

Taking a Closer Look at Organized Interests in the EU.  Perspectives on Europe. 2012. Volume 42: 2.

Politics as a Male Domain and Empowerment in India." (with Rohini Pande and Lori Beaman). Chapter in The Impact of Gender Quotas (2012), edited by Franceschet, Krook, Piscopo. Oxford University Press.



Seniority-based Nominations and Political Careers (with Jon Fiva and Gary Cox). Under Review.

Artificial Communities and Bait and Switch Messaging of Russian Trolls on Twitter during the 2016 Election (with Will Hobbs)

  • Presented at PolMeth 2019

Deliberate Data Science: Understanding the Supply and Demand for Data Science Courses (with Sergio-Garcias Rios)

Political Dynasties in the European Union

Dual Mandates, Patronage, and Partisanship. Under Review.

Under Pressure: The Political Geography of Mobilization

Political Dynasties and Electoral Reform (with Carlos Velasco Rivera)

Dual Mandates and the European Union  


BOOK PROJECT: Choosing the Framers: Lottery-Based Procedures in Constituent Assemblies (with Brenda van Coppenolle)

A constitution is the foundation of any democracy, and its text shapes the path of democratic development. But who chooses the framers of such a document? And how does this choice affect the composition and ultimate development of a constitution? To resolve this issue of political selection, both Denmark and France adopted a lottery-based procedure to choose the members of their respective Constitution Committees, in creation of the Danish “June Constitution” in 1848 and during the French Revolution in 1789. Using a micro-level dataset of deputy biographies, parliamentary selection procedures, roll call voting, and constituent assembly archives in Denmark and France, we analyze how this procedure affected the constitution drafting process. In both cases, we show that the lottery-based procedure selected educated and experienced committee members, at the expense of noble and king- appointed deputies. We also show that this selection rule prevented the cooptation of the document by the radical factions. Thus lottery-based selection played a sanitizing role during an period of democratization without developed parties, not only in the canonical case of France but in the drafting of the constitution that governs Denmark to this day.

Further, lottery-based selection rules have returned as a highly salient policy issue: electing deliberative bodies by lottery was recently suggested for France, the UK, and the EU, and lottery-based polling and consultative bodies are being proposed as an alternative to direct democracy in cases from Ireland to Texas. Advocates argue that they result in committees that are more moderate, represent minorities, and reduce corruption; but this has yet to be systematically and empirically tested. This book project aims to fill the gap in applied research on this topic.

Data collection is currently made possible thanks to research grants from the Society for the Humanities at Cornell, and Leiden University.


Recently on the BBC World Service, click to listen: “The Real Story: Are Referendums Ever a Good Idea?”

Quoted in New York Times article, "Why Referendums Aren't As Democratic As They Seem."

Quoted in New York Times article, "A Lesson from Brexit: On Immigration, Feelings Trump Facts."

"Women's March on London: The Importance of Sister Marches." LSE Government Blog, February 2017.

EUSA Book Review (Winter 2012 Issue) of Elizabeth Bomberg, John Peterson and Richard Corbett (eds.). The European Union: How Does it Work? Third Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.  Review here Bomberg_Peterson_Corbett – Cirone.