The history of UK public spending control 1993-2015 project

The project investigates how – and how well – spending control in the United Kingdom worked over the period 1993-2015. It involves collaboration between the Blavatnik School of Government, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Institute for Government, with active support and cooperation from HM Treasury.


Title:"Covert Repression: Lessons from the Stasi Files"

Summary: In my dissertation I use a novel data set based on folders of almost 300 informants of the East German Ministry for State Security to answer questions about operation of secret police in an authoritarian state. My job market paper revisits the question of the effects that destabilizing factors have on the control of authoritarian regimes and how the regimes counteract it using covert repression. The other two papers address the issues of enrollment of informants and their responsiveness to incentives.

Working Papers

"The Price of Cooperation: How Authoritarian States Retain Control"

"Reaching the Converted: Understanding the Methods of Informant Enrollment"

"Paying for Information: Responsiveness of Informants to Monetary Incentives"

"Shaking in Their Boots? The Tōhoku Earthquake and Government Repression" (with Karen Albert)

"Ideological Defection: When and Why Voter's Choices Don't Correspond to Their Ideal Placements" (with G. Bingham Powell, Jr.)

"The Effects of EU Expansion on Public Opinion about Immigration" (with Benjamin B. Laughlin)

Works in Progress

"Protests under Totalitarianism and Voting for the Authoritarian Successor Parties"