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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)

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 Pressure: The Political Geography of Mobilization

Political Dynasties and Electoral Reform (with Carlos Velasco Rivera)

Dual Mandates and the European Union  


BOOK PROJECT: "Lottery-based Procedures in Early Democratization" (with Brenda van Coppenolle)

This book project looks at the use of lottery based procedures in a number of parliaments across Europe. Political lotteries have a long history in the democratic tradition (e.g. Athens, Venice, Florence, Rome) but the selection of entire governing bodies by sortition is no longer a common feature of contemporary democratic institutions. Instead, partial randomization was incorporated into the selection process for political office, during key periods of parliamentarization. Today, this practice has 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 is being proposed as an alternative to direct democracy. 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.

We examine such "lottery based procedures" in the context of newly developing democracies in 19th century Europe, looking at both legislative and constitutional committees.  This book presents a new theory to explain the choice of lottery-based procedures by early European elites, and uses micro-level data to demonstrate the types of politicians appointed under such rules. In particular, we focus on the cases of Imperial Germany (1871), Denmark (1848), Belgium (1848), the Netherlands (1815), Austria (1875) and France (Revolution, and 1870). With Brenda van Coppenolle, Leiden.

Data collection is currently made possible thanks to a research grant from Leiden University.


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.