My research agenda is related to governance and development in Mexico and Latin America
My research agenda spans several areas, broadly related to governance and development in Mexico and Latin America. For many years I have been interested in questions of federalism, decentralization and local development. Much of my early work sought to understand the incentives that federal and local institutions provide for better service delivery and democratic accountability. My more recent scholarly work falls under five general areas: 1) Indigenous governance; 2) colonialism and indigenous identity; 3) violence, security and police reform; 4) the political economy of public health; and 5) federalism.
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Articles, reports and book chapters:
(forthcoming) with Beatriz Magaloni and Alex Ruiz Euler, “Public Good Provision and Traditional Governance in Indigenous Communities in Oaxaca, Mexico”, Comparative Political Studies.
(2017) “Las Tensiones entre Federalismo y Centralismo Fiscal en las Constituciones”. In Cien Ensayos para el Centenario. Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos. Tomo 4. Estudios Políticos. Gerardo Esquivel (coord.). México. UNAM.
(2016) “Non-Discrimination of Indigenous Peoples in Mexico: A component of positive peace.” Mexico Peace Index 2016. Mapping the Evolution of Peace and its Drivers. Institute of Economics and Peace. March. IEP Report 38: 91-93.
(2015) with Beatriz Magaloni and Vidal Romero. “Caught in the Crossfire: The Geography of Extortion and Police Corruption in Mexico”. In Lagunes, Paul and Rose-Ackerman, Susan (eds.). Greed, Corruption and the Modern State: Essays in Political Economy. E. Elgar.
(2015) with Edgar Franco, Jorge Olarte and Beatriz Magaloni. "Drugs, Bullets, and Ballots: The Impact of Violence on the 2012 Presidential Election”. Mexico’s Evolving Democracy: A Comparative Study of the 2012 Elections. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
(2013) with Andrew Seele, “Where are We? Assessing the U.S.- Mexico Relationship”. In Smith, Peter and Seele, Andrew (eds.). Mexico and the United States: The Politics of Partnership. Boulder: Lynne Rienne
(2013) with Beatriz Magaloni, “International influences in the Mexican (failed and successful) transitions to democracy” in Katherine Stoner-Weiss, Larry Diamond, Desha Girod and Michael McFaul (eds.) Transitions to Democracy: A Comparative Assessment. Johns Hopkins University Press.
(2012) with Beatriz Magaloni and Vidal Romero. “La Raiz del Miedo: ¿Por qué es la percepción de riesgo mucho más grande que las tasas de victimización”. En José Antonio Aguilar (ed.). Las Bases Sociales del Crimen Organizado y la Violencia en México. México: SSP/CIES.
(2009) with Federico Estevez and Beatriz Magaloni "Buying off the Poor: Effects of targeted Benefits in the 2006 Presidential Race"Jorge I. Dominguez, Chappell Lawson, and Alejandro Moreno, eds. Consolidating Mexico's Democracy: The 2006 Presidential Campaign in Comparative Perspective. Johns Hopkins University Press.
(2008) with Federico Estevez and Beatriz Magaloni, "A House Divided Against Itself: How the PRI Survives after 2000", in Edward Friedman and Joseph Wong (eds.), Learning to Lose: Dominant Party Systems and their Transitions, Routledge
(2007) with Beatriz Magaloni and Federico Estevez "Clientelism and portfolio diversification: a model of electoral investment with applications to Mexico ", in Herbert Kitschelt and Steve Wilkinson (eds.) Patrons or Policies? Patterns of Democratic Accountability and Political Competition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
(2006) with Jose Antonio Gonzalez and Fernando Rojas “Mexico’s Decentralization at a Cross-Roads”, T.N. Srinivasan and Jessica Seddon Wallack (eds.) Federalism, Economic Reform, and Globalization, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
(2004) "Decentralization, Democratization and Federalism in Mexico" in Kevin Middlebrook (ed.) Dilemmas of Change in Mexican Politics, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UCSD, pp.198-236.
(2004) "Do Federal Institutions Matter? Rules and Political Practices in Regional Resource Allocation in Mexico", in Edward Gibson (ed.) Federalism and Democracy in Latin America, Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 297-322
(2001) with Beatriz Magaloni, “Party Dominance and the Logic of Electoral Design in the Mexican Transition to Democracy”, Journal of Theoretical Politics, 13(3):271-293.
(2000) with Steve Webb and Fernando Rojas, "Historical Forces: Geographic and Political", in Marcelo Giugale and Steven B. Webb (eds.) Achievements and Challenges of Fiscal Decentralization. Lessons From Mexico, Washington: The World Bank, pp. 123-138.
(2000) with Tom Courchene "Transfers and the Nature of the Mexican Federation", in Marcelo Giugale and Steven B. Webb (eds.) Achievements and Challenges of Fiscal Decentralization. Lessons from Mexico, Washington: The World Bank, pp. 200-236.
(2000) with Charles E. McLure, "Tax Assignment", in Marcelo Giugale and Steven B. Webb (eds.) Achievements and Challenges of Fiscal Decentralization. Lessons From Mexico, Washington: The World Bank, pp. 177-199.
(1998) with Beatriz Magaloni “Autoridad Presupuestal del Poder Legislativo en México: una Primera Aproximación” (Budgetary Authority of the Mexican Legislature: A Preliminary Assessment) Política y Gobierno, Vol.5(2): 503-528.
(1997) “Asignación Política de Recursos en el Federalismo Mexicano: Incentivos y Restricciones” (Political Resource Allocation in Mexican Federalism: Incentives and Constraints), Perfiles Latinoamericanos, 6(10):35-74.