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.

Works in Progress

"Combining “Transparent-Management” with “Tabular-Comparison” in Modern Government: “One Ring to Rule Them All”?" (with Christopher Hood and Maia King; History of Public Expenditure Control Project) 

"Evaluating the Efficacy of Expenditure Control Over Time: A New Standard Approach?" (with Christopher Hood and Maia King; History of Public Expenditure Control Project)

Covert Repression and Authoritarian Survival


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.

Published Work

Piotrowska, Barbara (2018) "How Authoritarian States Retain Control: Lessons from the Stasi Files"  APSA-CP (Newsletter of the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association), Volume 28, Issue 1, Spring

Working Papers

"The Price of Collaboration: How Authoritarian States Retain Control" (under review)

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

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

Works in Progress

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


Working Papers

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

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

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