|Present||Professor of Political Science, Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas|
Department of Political Studies
CIDE, Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas
Carretera Mexico-Toluca 3655
Col. Lomas de Santa Fe
CP 01210 Mexico City
Democratic equilibria (2)
The Breaching Experiment: Donald Trump and the Normative Foundations of Democracy Comparative Governance and Politics (2019)
Is US president Donald Trump a threat to democracy? Alerting against his manifold transgressions of democratic norms, many comparative political scientists have thought so. Their practical worries, however, have been inconsistent with prevalent theories of ...
What Do We Know About Resistance to Democratic Subversion? Annals of Comparative Democratization (2019)
Over the past years, concerns about worldwide “democratic backsliding” have been spreading and deepening in academic, political, and diplomatic circles. Unfortunately, though, comparative political science has little theoretical or practical guidance to offer on processes ...
Democracy and violence (5)
Solidaridad ciudadana en democracias violentas Nueva Sociedad (2019)
En un contexto de competencia violenta entre grupos armados ilegales, con personas torturadas, asesinadas o desaparecidas, ¿qué tipo de injerencia pueden tener los ciudadanos comunes y corrientes en el curso de los eventos? ¿Pueden hacer ...
The Criminal Community of Victims and Perpetrators: Cognitive Foundations of Citizen Detachment from Organized Violence in Mexico Human Rights Quarterly (2016)
After its successful transition to democracy, Mexico has experienced an epidemic of organized societal violence, known as the drug war, that to date has cost well over 100,000 casualties, most of them consigned to oblivion, ...
The Criminal Subversion of Mexican Democracy Journal of Democracy (2014)
Threats to the integrity of electoral democracy are manifold. The comparative literature has focused on “vertical” threats: the manipulation of elections by central governments. This article, by contrast, draws attention to “horizontal” threats: the societal ...
Comparative political data (5)
Judgment and Measurement in Political Science Perspectives on Politics (2012)
Standard methodological advice in political science alerts against the distortion of measurement decisions by judgmental elements. Judgment is subjective, common wisdom asserts, it produces opaque, biased, and unreliable data. This article, by contrast, argues that ...
The Measurer’s Dilemma: Coordination Failures in Cross-National Political Data Collection Comparative Political Studies (2012)
Over the past decades, (mostly) private actors have been providing the public good of cross-national political data in a decentralized, uncoordinated, and unregulated fashion. They have been successful in generating an incessant supply of data. ...
Data Usage in Quantitative Comparative Politics Political Research Quarterly (2010)
The quantitative study of comparative politics is often described as a data driven enterprise. Employing an original dataset of comparative politics articles published in leading academic journals between 1989 and 2007, this article offers the ...
Democrats with Adjectives: Linking Direct and Indirect Measures of Democratic Support European Journal of Political Research (2007)
Major cross-national surveys measure popular support for democracy through direct questions about democracy in the abstract. Since people may entertain competing democratic ideas and ideals, however, we ignore the extent to which standard questions capture ...
Concept analysis (6)
Mapping Contingency Political Contingency: Studying the Unexpected, the Accidental, and the Unforeseen (2007)
Political science, striving to uncover the regularities of political life, has paid scarce attention to its contingencies. This chapter takes up this task of clarifying the conceptual structure of contingency. After discussing some scholarly intuitions, ...
What Is Vote Buying? Elections for Sale: The Causes and Consequences of Vote Buying (2007)
Many scholars view vote buying as a simple economic transaction: parties and candidates distribute material benefits to individual citizens in exchange for support at the ballot box. Drawing upon a variety of comparative experiences, this ...