Associate professor of Politics at Marymount University.

steering committee for the international studies minor.

Chad Rector
Politics, Marymount
2807 N. Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22207


Ireton Hall (map)
Room G108

Research projects: 
See also my CV or my profile on Google Scholar

Negotiating International Organizations
In ongoing research I explore how states design IOs to protect the interests of members that would otherwise lose influence as a direct result of international collaboration. When cooperation would lead some potential members to be more dependent on continued cooperation than others, institutional mechanisms that promote flexibility and easy exit can reduce the appeal of cooperation, ex ante, since unequal dependence raises the risk that, once cooperation has begun, the less-dependent side will renegotiate terms to its advantage.   
  • Contrived Symmetry through the IAEA. Negotiations in the 1940s-50s over international cooperation to regulate atomic energy illustrate the problem. In a book project, in progress, I examine the development of the nonproliferation regime through the following 70 years. 
  • Another application of contemporary relevance involves global multilateralism. In China in Multilateral Governance (with Scott Kastner and Margaret Pearson) we show that exit options shape China's approach to IO governance.

Federation and National Reunification
States form federations when cooperation would lead them to make unequal investments, making some vulnerable to later renegotiation. I develop the idea of 
contrived symmetry. An implication of the argument is that states form international organizations when they fundamentally trust each other to refrain from future renegotiations (or when the potential downside of renegotiation is low) and form federations when they mistrust each other. Federations therefore occur when the only realistic alternative is a complete failure of cooperation; federations do not emerge in a linear way from international organizations.    

Capital controls
The pattern of capital controls policy changes in all continuous OECD democracies since 1950 shows a large effect of partisanship. Data (text|excel|spss), codebook (pdf|text).

Papers on random other topics that, I think, make sensible arguments, but that I am unlikely to keep working on.