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James Hollyer

James R. Hollyer

I am a Benjamin Evans Lippincott Assistant Professor in Political Economy at the University of Minnesota. My research interests include patronage and corruption, transparency, and the effects of international institutions on domestic politics. I conducted my doctoral studies in the Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University (PhD, May 2012). My work has been published in such journals as the American Political Science Review, Political Analysis, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and International Studies Quarterly.

Academic Employment

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota. January 2012-present.

Visiting Research Fellow, Niehaus Center on Globalization and Governance, Princeton University. September 2015-June 2016

Coca-Cola World Fund Post-Doctoral Fellow, The Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy.
The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.
Yale University. July 2011-June 2012.

Education

Ph.D., Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University, May 2012
Committee: David Stasavage (Chair), Adam Przeworski, Jon X. Eguia, Sanford Gordon
MA, Committee on International Relations, University of Chicago, June 2006
Advisor: Carles Boix
BA, with Honors magna cum laude, Political Economy, Williams College, May 2003
Advisors: Douglas Gollin, Darel Paul
For more details, see my Vitae. Further details are available in my Google Scholar profile.

Research

All materials related to the HRV Transparency Project can be found here.

Interests:

Bureaucratic Development and State Capacity
Corruption
Transparency
Comparative Political Economy
International Political Economy
Methodology

Publications:

Academic Publications
Transparency, Protest and Democratic Stability, forthcoming.
with B. Peter Rosendorff, NYU and James Raymond Vreeland, Georgetown
British Journal of Political Science
download working paper version

Transparency, Protest and Autocratic Instability, November 2015.
with B. Peter Rosendorff, NYU and James Raymond Vreeland, Georgetown.
American Political Science Review
download working paper version
download appendix
published version
replication materials (article)
replication materials (appendix)

Information, Disclosure and Regime Stability, October 2015.
APSA Comparative Democratization Newsletter
published version

Corruption and Ideology in Autocracies, August 2015.
with Leonard Wantchekon, Princeton.
Journal of Law, Economics and Organization
download published version
download working paper version

Measuring Transparency, Autumn 2014.
with B. Peter Rosendorff, NYU and James Raymond Vreeland, Georgetown.
Political Analysis
download working paper version
download appendix
published version

Leadership Survival, Regime Type, Policy Uncertainty, and PTA Accession, December 2012.
with B. Peter Rosendorff, NYU.
International Studies Quarterly
Published Version
Replication Materials

Do Human Rights Agreements Prolong the Tenure of Autocratic Ratifiers?, Spring 2012
with B. Peter Rosendorff, NYU.
Journal of International Law and Politics.

Is it Better to Empower the People or the Authorities? Assessing the Conditional Effects of ‘Top-Down’ and ‘Bottom Up’ Anti-Corruption Interventions, 2012.
Research in Experimental Economics.
download working paper version

Why Do Authoritarian Regimes Sign the Convention Against Torture? Signaling, Domestic Politics, and Non-Compliance December 2011
with B. Peter Rosendorff , NYU.
Quarterly Journal of Political Science download working paper version
published version
Replication Materials

Democracy and Transparency October, 2011
with B. Peter Rosendorff, NYU and James R. Vreeland, Georgetown.
The Journal of Politics download working paper version
The original publication is available at journals.cambridge.org
Replication Materials


Conditionality, Compliance, and Domestic Interests: State Capture and EU Accession Policy, December 2010.
Review of International Organizations download working paper version
The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Replication Materials


“Bureaucracy, Rational Choice Models” In The International Encyclopedia of Political Science. Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, and Leonardo A. Morlino, eds., 2011.
Policy Publications
Tanzania Threshold Country Program: End Term Evaluation, with Leonard Wantchekon, Princeton
click here for online copy

Working Papers:

Why do Autocrats Disclose? Economic Transparency and Inter-Elite Politics in the Shadow of Mass Unrest (2017)
with B. Peter Rosendorff, NYU and James Raymond Vreeland, Georgetown
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Migration, Machines and Reform; (2016)
with Alexander Bolton, Emory and Leonard Wantchekon, Princeton
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Leadership Survival, Regime Type and BITs (2016)
with Eric Arias, NYU and B. Peter Rosendorff, NYU
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Data Disclosure, Accountability and the Facets of Transparency (2013)
with B. Peter Rosendorff, NYU and James Raymond Vreeland, Georgetown
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Patronage or Merit? Civil Service Boards in US Cities (2011)
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Merit Recruitment in 19th and Early 20th Century European Bureaucracies (2011)
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International Human Rights Treaties Delay Regime Change in the Countries that Need it Most (2011)
with B. Peter Rosendorff, NYU
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Patronage or Merit? Bureaucratic Recruitment in 19th and Early 20th Century Europe (2010)
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Meritocracy or Patronage? The Choice of Bureaucratic Appointment Regimes (2009)

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Presentations (2012-2016):

November 12, 2016 “Transparency and Investment,” International Political Economy Society Annual Conference.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

September 1, 2016 “Why do Autocrats Disclose? Economic Transparency and Inter-Elite Politics in the Shadow of Mass Unrest,” American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on Formal Models of Autocratic Politics.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

June 24, 2016 “The Millennium Development Goals and Education: Accountability and Substitution in Global Assessment,” European Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on Economic Voting when it Matters Most.
with James Bisbee, B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

June 23, 2016 “Migration, Machines and Reform,” European Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on Electorate Evaluations of Candidates and Parties.
with Alexander Bolton and Leonard Wantchekon. slides

April 10, 2016 “Transparency and Investment,” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on Autocracy: Implications for Investment.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

April 8, 2016 “Was Meritocracy Inspired by a Nativist Backlash Against Immigration? Migration and the Civil Service During the US ‘Age of Reform,’” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on the Comparative Political Economy of Corruption.
with Alexander Bolton and Leonard Wantchekon. slides

March 16, 2016 “Why do Autocrats Disclose?” International Studies Association Annual Conference, Panel on Political Business Cycles, Policy Credibility and Transparency.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

December 14, 2015 “Why do Autocrats Disclose?” Princeton University International Relations Faculty Colloquium.
with B. Peter Rosdendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

October 16, 2015 “The Adoption of the Civil Service and Ethnic Threat During the Age of Reform,” Workshop on State Bureaucracy and Democratic Development, Aarhus University.
with Alexander Bolton and Leonard Wantchekon. slides

September 6, 2015 “Parties as Disciplinarians: Clientelism, Corruption and the Industrial Organization of Parties,” American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on Corruption and the Politics of Reform in Middle-Income Countries.
with Marko Klaŝnja and Rocío Titiunik. slides

September 5, 2015 “Why do Autocrats Disclose?” American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on Transparency in Democracies and Dictatorships: Challenges and Enduring Questions.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

June 27, 2015 “Parties as Disciplinarians: Clientelism, Corruption and the Industrial Organization of Parties,” European Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on the Roots of Corruption.
with Marko Klaŝnja and Rocío Titiunik. slides

June 26, 2015 “Why do Autocrats Disclose?” European Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on Dictators and the Media
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

April 17, 2015 “Why do Autocrats Disclose?” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on Decision-making in Autocracies
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

October 16, 2014 “Migration, Bureaucratic Reform and Institutional Persistence: Evidence from U.S. Municipalities.” Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, Princeton University.
with Alexander Bolton and Leonard Wantchekon. slides

August 30, 2014 “Why do Autocrats Disclose?” American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on Accountability and Development.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

June 19, 2014 “Why do Autocrats Disclose?” European Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on Elements of a General Peace.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

April 11, 2014 “Transparency, Protests and Autocratic Instability,” Princeton-Stanford Conference on the Causes and Consequences of Policy Uncertainty.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

April 6, 2014 “Data Disclosure, Accountability and the Facets of Transparency,” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on Lobbying, Corruption and Transparency.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and Jame Raymond Vreeland. slides

April 4, 2014 “Migration, Bureaucratic Reform and Institutional Persistence: Evidence from US Municipalities,” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on Corruption
with Alexander Bolton and Leonard Wantchekon. slides

August 30, 2013 “Transparency, Protest and Political (In)Stability,” American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on Known Unknowns: Empirical Approaches to Uncertainty in International Relations.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

June 22, 2013 “Transparency, Protest and Political (In)Stability,” European Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on Regime Authority.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

June 20, 2013 “Migration, State Capacity and Institutional Persistence: Evidence from US Municipalities,” European Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on The Origins of State and Fiscal Capacity.
with Alexander Bolton and Leonard Wantchekon. slides

May 20, 2013 “Transparency, Protest and Political (In)Stability,” Stanford Methods Workshop,
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

April 11, 2013 “Transparency and Democratization,” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Panel on Transparency and Corruption.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland. slides

June 22, 2012 “Transparency and Democratization,” European Political Science Association General Conference; Panel on Democratization.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland.

June 12, 2012 “Merit Recruitment in 19th and Early 20th Century European Bureaucracies,” The Political Economy of State Capacity: An Endogenous Institutions Approach; Fundación Juan March. slides

April 13, 2012 “Transparency and Democratization,” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting; Panel on Transparency, Monitoring and Democracy.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland.

April 1, 2012 “Measuring Transparency,” International Studies Association Annual Convention; Panel on Transparency, Information and Firms in the Global Economy.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland.

February 20, 2012 “Transparency and Democratization,” Leitner Political Economy Seminar Series, Yale University.
with B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland.

Teaching:

Game Theory I (PhD)
Game Theory II (PhD)
Patronage and Corruption (Undergraduate)
Thinking Strategically in International Relations (Undergraduate)
The U.S. in the Global Economy (Undergraduate)

Professional Activities:

Managing Editor, Economics & Politics, April 2008-September 2011
Referee, American Political Science Review
Referee, The American Journal of Political Science
Referee, The Quarterly Journal of Political Science
Referee, Political Analysis
Referee, International Organization
Referee, Journal of Politics
Referee, Journal of Conflict Resolution
Referee, International Studies Quarterly
Referee, Comparative Political Studies
Referee, The British Journal of Political Science
Referee, Review of International Organizations
Referee, Journal of Peace Research
Referee, Economics & Politics
Referee, Conflict Management and Peace Science
Referee, World Development
Referee, Political Behavior
Referee, Journal of Legal Studies
Referee, Governance
Referee, International Interactions
Referee, Human Rights Review
Referee, Public Administration Review
Referee, Business & Politics
Referee, Sage Open
Referee, The African Journal of Political Science and International Relations

Member, American Political Science Association
Member, Midwest Political Science Association
Member, European Political Science Association
Member, International Studies Association

Other Employment:

Consultant, US Millennium Challenge Corporation, Tanzania Threshold Country Program.
November 2009-July 2010.

Contact:

Mailing Address
1414 Social Sciences
267 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Email
jhollyer@umn.edu

Links:

The HRV Transparency Project
Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota
Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy, Yale
Wilf Family Department of Politics, NYU
NYU Politics Wiki
Economics & Politics
The American Political Science Association
The Midwest Political Science Association
The European Political Science Association