Conference Program: SCPI XIII @ CGU, 9/13/19

The thirteenth Southern California Comparative Political Science conference will be hosted at Claremont Graduate University on September 13, 2019. A .pdf version of the program can be downloaded here: Program. The papers will be uploaded as we receive them from the presenters.


There is no registration fee but we do need a head-count for lunch and dinner. Please RSVP by clicking here indicating whether you plan to attend by September 5 and whether you are willing to serve as a discussant.


Introductions: 10:30

Session I: 10:45-12:00

André Borges (UCSD/Universidad de Brasilia) & Pedro Floriano Ribeiro (Universidade Federal de São Carlos)
The Missing Link: Presidents, Governors and Party Unity [.pdf]

Ae Sil Woo  (UC Merced)
Designing the Rules of the Game: Legislative Process in Dictatorships [pdf, appendix]

Discussant: Tyson Roberts  (USC)

Lunch: 12:00-1:00

Session II: 1:00-1:45

Federica Izzo  (UCSD)
Do We Get the Best Candidates When We Need Them the Most? [.pdf]

Discussant: Michael Gibilisco (Caltech)

Session III: 2:00-3:15

Michael Gibilisco (Caltech) & Darin Christensen (UCLA)
How Budgets Shape Autocrats’ Survival Strategies [.pdf]

Duy Trinh (UCSD)
Factional Identity and Selective Protection against Disciplinary Investigations in Authoritarian Regimes [.pdf]

Discussant: Rena Salayeva (CGU)

Coffee: 3:15-3:30

Session IV: 3:30-4:45

Eric Stein (UCSB)
Disrupting Barriers: How Automation Transforms Firms’ Immigration Preferences [.pdf]

Tyson Roberts (USC)
Regional Trade Agreements and Democratization in Africa [.pdf]

Discussant:  Duy Trinh (UCSD)

Concluding Remarks. Plan for Next Meeting: 4:45-5:00

Post-conference party at Indridi’s house (Claremont):  5.30

Each session consists of two papers. In order to leave ample room for discussion, paper presenters are asked to keep their presentations under 20 minutes. Discussants should limit their discussion to 10 minutes. Presenters are asked to provide the discussants with copies of their papers in a timely manner (the email addresses are embedded in this link): EMAIL THE DISCUSSANTS. Your papers will also be posted on the SCPI website unless you indicate a preference for it not being posted.

We will meet in room 16 of the Burkle Family Building located on 11th street between College Avenue and Dartmouth Avenues.

Free parking is available in a parking lot just north of the building on 11th Street (also named Drucker Drive). Street parking is also free in Claremont. A map of campus can be found here:

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