Telling Half the Story?: Using Roll Call Votes to Understand Legislative Behavior
Institutional Interactions: Bicameralism in Presidential Systems
This project is being funded by the National Science Foundation (Grant # SES-1227186).
Electoral Systems and Representation: Interparty and Intraparty Politics
With Patrick Cunha Silva, Santiago Olivella, and Guillermo Rosas I am writing a book tentatively entitled Representation and Electoral Systems: Interparty and Intraparty Politics. We use six electoral rules that are part of all electoral systems to place those systems in a two-dimensional space based on the incentives they create for relations between parties (their number, size, and location in the ideological space) and within parties (constituency service, campaign content, party discipline, pork barrel v. programmatic policies, etc.). The book is aimed at an upper-division undergraduate audience and would also be ideal as a framework and initial weekly reading for a graduate seminar.
This project is being funded by the National Science Foundation (Grant # SES-2048540).
Institutionalizing Race and Representation in Communities and Schools:
The Evolution of Social Inequality in St. Louis
With Matt Gabel (WUSTL), Terry Jones (UMSL), and Jonathan Rodden (Stanford), I am working on a new project about the impact of electoral rules on race and representation in U.S. school boards and city councils. The use of multiple non-transferable vote (MNTV) systems to elect school boards has been blamed for the under-representation of blacks. Lawsuits brought by the ACLU and NAACP have advocated the use of single-member districts decided by plurality (SMDP) as a remedy for this supposed shortcoming. SMDP rules are used to elect U.S. city councils. In this project we will follow, in an extremely fine-grained manner, demographic shifts across communities in St. Louis county for a 50-year period to determine how the racial composition of electoral districts interacts with electoral rules to determine the racial composition of elected bodies. We have received internal seed money and have a proposal under consideration at multiple foundations.