Conference Program: SC2PI-V at UCR, May 3, 2013

The fifth Southern California Comparative Political Science conference will take place at UC Riverside on May 3. A .pdf version of the program can be downloaded here: Program


There is no registration fee but as lunch and post-conference dinner in an informal setting will be provided, we do need a head count. Please register by sending an email to indicating whether you plan to attend lunch and/or dinner.



Session I: 10:45-12:00

Josué Nobrega (UCLA)
Delegating Powers to the Cabinet: The Efficient Secret of Coalition Governance with Decree Powers in Brazil after 2001 [.pdf]

Kathryn Wainfan (UCLA)
Principle or Pressure? Distinguishing Party Cohesion from Party Discipline in the United Kingdom [.pdf]

Discussant: Shaun Bowler (UCR)

Lunch: 12:00-1:00

Session II: 1:00-3:00

Timothy Taylor (UC-Davis)
Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: Electoral Vulnerability and International Conflict [.pdf]

John Cuffe (UC-Irvine)
Local Power, National Activity? Local Government and Political Participation in Non-Federal Systems [.pdf]

Paul Hernandez (UCR) and Cristina Nicolescu Waggonner (UCR)
Hindering Democratic Progress: The Impact of Banking Crises on Democratic Institutional Stability in the Developing World [.pdf]

Discussant: Mike Thies (UCLA) and Indridi H. Indridason (UCR)

Session IV: 3:15-4:30

Benjamin Nyblade (UBC), Nathan Allen (UBC)  & Angela O’Mahony (RAND)
Suffrage Beyond Borders: The Adoption of Extra-Territorial Voting Rights [.pdf]

Felipe Nunes (UCLA)
Popularity, Legislative Majority, or Party Building: What do Latin American Presidents’ Prioritize? [.pdf]

Discussant: Devesh Tiwari (UCSD)

The Future of SCPI: 4:30-5:00

Post-Conference Fun: 5:00-?  Informal dinner/reception will follow the conference at Shaun Bowler’s home (directions will be provided at the conference).


Each session consists of two papers and runs for an hour and fifteen minutes. 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: EMAIL THE DISCUSSANTS. Your papers will also be posted on the SCPI website unless you indicate a preference for it not being posted.


The conference will take place at the University of California, Riverside in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, room 1500 (see campus map HERE, google map with parking booth and conference room is here: An informal dinner/reception will follow the conference at Shaun Bowler’s home (directions will be provided at the conference).

Attendees with parking permits from other UC campuses park for free on campus. We will arrange for parking permits for other attendees so please indicate whether you need one when you register for the conference. In either case, when you arrive on campus go to the parking booth located in front of parking lot P1/V1.

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