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Electoral Rules, Social Structure, and Public Goods Provision: Outcomes, Spending, and Policies

Does proportional representation (PR) lead to broader public goods spending? Past literature has overwhelming shown that it does, but the empirics underlying these findings have mostly relied on ethnically homogenous Western countries.


Clientelism and Community Support in Times of Crisis: Evidence Following Floods in Ghana

Residents of poor, rural settings have several potential sources of informal support: political patrons, non-political patrons, family, and the community. This study explores how preferred channels of informal support change in the aftermath of …


Does Charisma Affect Survival in Office for Leaders Who Take Power via Military Coup?

There is ample research on the incidence of coups d’état but less on their aftermath. Why do some national leaders who seize power via military coup stay in power longer than others once they unseat their predecessors? This study tests whether …


The Authoritarian Origins of Dominant Parties in Democracies: Opposition Fragmentation and Asymmetric Competition in India

What explains the electoral dominance of a single party over a prolonged period of time in a democracy? Focusing on the case of India’s former dominant party, the Indian National Congress, this article argues that authoritarian-era politics can …


No Accounting for Bad Contracting: Private Military and Security Contracts and Ineffective Regulation in Conflict Areas

The proliferation of contracts outsourcing military functions to private companies raises serious oversight concerns vis-à-vis regulation and accountability. As the industry is emerging, regulation of these outsourced function is considered weak.

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Studies in Comparative International Development is an interdisciplinary journal that addresses political, social, economic, and environmental change in local, national, and international contexts. The journal has a tradition of presenting critical and innovative analytical perspectives that challenge prevailing orthodoxies. It publishes original research articles on all regions of the world and is open to all theoretical and methodological approaches. Major areas of investigation include political and state institutions, the effects of a changing international economy, political-economic models of growth and distribution, and the transformation of social structure and culture.

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