Paper Assignments

3 papers, 15% each, 45% total. 

Each paper is 5-8 pages long and covers a specific contemporary issue that can serve as an example of a general theory of political economy. Each paper will be written by referencing at least two academic political science articles and at least three newspaper or other journalistic sources. Turn in the paper by emailing it to me. Meet with me one-on-one to talk about the assignment if you need help.

The specific assignment:

For each assignment I will provide you with three pairs of academic political science articles. Each pair contains two articles that address a similar question. Pick one of the pairs. Then, write a paper about the issue that the pair of papers addresses.
  • Your paper should:
    • Summarize and explain the two articles (this part might be about 3-4 pages)
      • State and explain the research question that both papers address (it's the same for both papers).
      • Explain each paper's hypothesis. 
      • Describe the independent variables and dependent variable for each paper.
      • Describe each paper's basic findings and conclusion.
    • Explain the different conclusions that the two articles reach (this part might be about 1 page)
    • Evaluate the differences between the two articles by describing a contemporary situation, using at least three news articles (this part might be about 1-2 pages) 
  • 5-8 pages, double-spaced, not including references. 
  • Cite the two papers and and least three news articles from mainstream news sources (the sources do not need to be U.S.-based). For each news source you use that is at all unfamiliar, include a footnote in which you establish that it is a reputable source. 
  • Use complete citations using a conventional format.


Paper #3: Due December 31

Option 1: Do investments in tourism reduce poverty? 
  • Croes, Robertico. "The role of tourism in poverty reduction: an empirical assessment." Tourism Economics 20.2 (2014): 207-226.
  • Kinyondo, Abel, and Riccardo Pelizzo. "Tourism, development and inequality: The case of Tanzania." Poverty & Public Policy 7.1 (2015): 64-79.
Option 2: Is China affecting development aid?
  • Brazys, Samuel, Johan A. Elkink, and Gina Kelly. "Bad neighbors? How co-located Chinese and World Bank development projects impact local corruption in Tanzania." The Review of International Organizations 12.2 (2017): 227-253.
  • Findley, Michael G., Helen V. Milner, and Daniel L. Nielson. "The choice among aid donors: The effects of multilateral vs. bilateral aid on recipient behavioral support." The Review of International Organizations 12.2 (2017): 307-334..
Option 3: How do local institutions matter?
  • Acemoglu, Daron, and James A. Robinson. "Why is Africa poor?." Economic history of developing regions 25.1 (2010): 21-50.
  • Do, Quoc-Anh, Kieu-Trang Nguyen, and Anh N. Tran. "One Mandarin Benefits the Whole Clan: Hometown Favoritism in an Authoritarian Regime." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 9.4 (2017): 1-29.



Paper #2: Due November 13

Option 1: Does racism or economic insecurity drive support for anti-immigrant parties? 
  • Rydgren, Jens. "Immigration sceptics, xenophobes or racists? Radical right‐wing voting in six West European countries." European Journal of Political Research 47.6 (2008): 737-765.
  • Lucassen, Geertje, and Marcel Lubbers. "Who fears what? Explaining far-right-wing preference in Europe by distinguishing perceived cultural and economic ethnic threats." Comparative Political Studies 45.5 (2012): 547-574.
Option 2: How does immigration affect the politics of redistribution?
  • Garand, James C., Ping Xu, and Belinda C. Davis. "Immigration attitudes and support for the welfare state in the American mass public." American Journal of Political Science 61.1 (2017): 146-162.
  • Burgoon, Brian. "Immigration, integration, and support for redistribution in Europe." World Politics 66.3 (2014): 365-405.
Option 3: Who receives asylum?
  • Avdan, Nazli. "Do asylum recognition rates in Europe respond to transnational terrorism? The migration-security nexus revisited." European Union Politics 15.4 (2014): 445-471.
  • Salehyan, Idean, and Marc R. Rosenblum. "International relations, domestic politics, and asylum admissions in the United States." Political Research Quarterly 61.1 (2008): 104-121.

Paper #1: Due October 23

Option 1: Why do some developing countries open up to foreign capital while others do not?
  • Mukherjee, Bumba, Vineeta Yadav, and Sergio Béjar. "Electoral particularism, bank concentration, and capital account liberalization in developing democracies." Comparative Political Studies 47.6 (2014): 851-877.
  • Pinheiro, Diogo, Jeffrey M. Chwieroth, and Alexander Hicks. "Do international non-governmental organizations inhibit globalization? The case of capital account liberalization in developing countries." European Journal of International Relations 21.1 (2015): 146-170.
Option 2: What determines how developing countries handle financial crises?
  • MacIntyre, Andrew. "Institutions and investors: The politics of the economic crisis in Southeast Asia." International Organization 55.1 (2001): 81-122.
  • Ha, Eunyoung, and Myung-koo Kang. "Government policy responses to financial crises: Identifying patterns and policy origins in developing countries." World Development 68 (2015): 264-281.
Option 3: When do developing countries get more foreign investment?
  • Büthe, Tim, and Helen V. Milner. "Foreign direct investment and institutional diversity in trade agreements: Credibility, commitment, and economic flows in the developing world, 1971–2007." World Politics 66.1 (2014): 88-122.
  • Olney, William W. "A race to the bottom? Employment protection and foreign direct investment." Journal of International Economics 91.2 (2013): 191-203.