Published and Forthcoming
First Among Equals: The First Place Effect and Political Promotion in Multi-Member Plurality Elections (with Laurence Go). Forthcoming at the Journal of Public Economics.
ABSTRACT: We study the impact of rank-based decision-making in a multi-member plurality electoral system by examining the decisions of Philippine legislative councilors to run for and win higher office.
When Running for Office Runs in the Family: Horizontal Dynasties, Policy and Development in the Philippines (with Laurence Go). Forthcoming at Comparative Political Studies.
Basing and Barangays: The Domestic Politics of U.S. Military Bases in the Philippines (with J. Wellington Brown). Asian Security (2020): 1-20.
Media and Commentary: Philippine Strategic Forum
ABSTRACT: This paper presents a theory of foreign military basing as a function of the degree of internal threat facing a host nation. The theory is based on rational choice logic where politicians balance economic and security benefits against sovereignty and legitimacy costs.
The Search for Spices and Souls: Colonial Missions as the Colonial State in the Philippines. Revise and Resubmit at Comparative Political Studies.
ABSTRACT: A growing literature has examined the role of the colonial missions on long-run economic and political outcomes. These results stem from the emphasis of missions as providers of human capital. This paper re-conceptualizes the colonial mission.