Comparative Politics and Formal Theory Conference (CPFT)

The Comparative Politics and Formal Theory Conference (CPFT) is an annual conference intended to bring together scholars working in formal theory and/or comparative politics to both present their work and discuss topics in which increased interaction between empirical and theoretically minded scholars would be most productive.  Programs previous conferences are described below.

Typically held in early Fall, future iterations of the conference are tentatively planned for the following locations.

2017: Emory University (Tentative program below)
2018: Yale University

The conference series is (very informally) coordinated by Torun Dewan, John Patty, and Elizabeth Maggie Penn. If you have any questions or want to participate in any way, please do not hesitate to email John Patty.

Previous CPFT Conferences

2013 London School of Economics and Political Science (Torun Dewan)
2014 Washington University (John Patty and Elizabeth Maggie Penn)
2015 University of Chicago (Scott Ashworth)
2016 Harvard University (Horacio Larreguy and Ken Shepsle)

2013 Program: London School of economics
  • “Endogenous Property Rights,” by Daniel Diermeier (Northwestern)
  • “The Voters Curse,” by Stephane Wolton (Chicago)
  • “Party Structure,” by Galina Zudenkova (Mannheim)
    “Incentives to Target Interest Groups under Different Electoral
    Systems,” by Margherita Negri (Louvain)
  • “Correlation Neglect, Voting Behaviour and Polarization,” by Gilat Levy (LSE)
  • “A Demand-Side Theory for Bad Politicians,” by Peter Buisseret (Princeton) & Carlo Prato (Georgetown)
  • “Engagement, Disengagement and Exit,” by Elizabeth Maggie Penn (Washington University)
  • “The Convergent Coefficient Across Political Systems,” by Norman Schofield (Washington University)
  • “Populism” by Helios Herrera & Massimo Morelli (Columbia)
2014 PROGRAM: Washington university in St. louis

Roundtable: “Models & Comparative Politics”

Michael Laver (NYU)
Norman Schofield (Washington University in St. Louis)
Ken Shepsle (Harvard)

Roundtable: “Data & Theory in Comparative Politics”

Cliff Carrubba (Emory)
Matt Gabel (Washington University in St. Louis)
Guillermo Rosas (Washington University in St. Louis)

Lecture: “CNISS & Comparative Politics”

Itai Sened (Washington University in St. Louis)

Collective Action and Representation

“The Substitutability of Collective Action and Representation: Theory and Evidence from Russia’s Great Reforms,” by Scott Gehlbach (University of Wisconsin), Paul Dower (New Economic School), Evgeny Finkel (George Washington University), and Steven Nafziger (Williams College)

“When Do Parties Buy Turnout? How Monitoring Capacity Facilitates Voter Mobilization in Mexico,” by Horacio A. Larreguy (Harvard), John Marshall (Harvard), and Pablo Querubin (NYU)

“Electoral Competition, Party Organization, and the Supply of Political Labor,” by Milan Svolik (Illinois)

Parties, Coalitions, & Governments

Representative Agents or Electoral Vehicles: the Institutional Underpinning of Party Cohesion,” by Monika Nalepa (Chicago) and Royce Carroll (Rice)

“Policy Preferences Over Coalition Formation: Instability and Minority,” by Anna Bassi (UNC)

“Government Formation as Logrolling,” by Scott de Marchi (Duke) and Michael Laver (NYU)

Elections and Information

“What is Opposition Good For?” by Betül Demirkaya (Washington University in St. Louis)

“Elections and the Timing of Political Violence,” by Andrew Little (Cornell)

“Leveling the Playing Field: How Equalizing Access to Political Advertising Helps Locally Non-Dominant Parties in Consolidating Democracies,” by John Marshall (Harvard)

Roundtable: “Future Directions Simple Models for Complex Problems”

David Seigel (Duke)
Sona Golder (Pennsylvania State University)
Matt Golder (Pennsylvania State University)

2015 Program: University of Chicago
  • “A Dynamic Duverger’s Law,” by Jean-Guillaume Forand (Waterloo) and Vikram Maheshri (University of Houston)
    Discussant: Carlo Prato
  • “Strategic Voting in Plurality Rule Elections,” by David Myatt (London Business School) and Stephen D. Fisher (Trinity College)
    Discussant: Jorg Spenkuch
  • “Internal Politics of Non-State Groups and the Challenges of Foreign Policy,” by
    Scott Tyson (University of Michigan)
    Discussant: Andrew Little
  • “Electoral Redistricting and Conflict: Examining the Redistricting through Violence in Kenya,” by Kimuli Kasara (Columbia University)
    Discussant: Emily Sellars
  • “Seasonality and Armed Conflict,” by Jenny Guardado (Georgetown University)
    Discussant: Eli Berman
  • “Local Agency Costs of Political Centralization,” by Roger Myerson (University of Chicago)
  • “Mass Purges,” Stephane Wolton (London School of Economics) and Pablo Montagnes (Emory University)
    Discussant: Scott Gehlbach
  • “A Theory of Minimalist Democracy,” by Chris Bidner (Simon Fraser University), Patrick Francois (University of British Columbia), and Francesco Trebbi (University of British Columbia)
    Discussant: Milan Svolik
2016 Program: Harvard University
  • “You Can Vote but You Can’t Run: Suffrage Extension, Eligibility Restrictions and Democracy,” by Pablo Querubín (NYU)
    Discussants: Felipe Campante (Harvard) and Scott Ashworth (Chicago)
  • “Strategic Taxation: A model of taxation and accountability by rent-seeking governments,” by Lucy Martin (UNC)
    Discussants. Pascual Restrepo (BU) and John Patty (Chicago)
  • “Indirect Rule by Armed Groups: Causes and Consequences in the Eastern DRC,”
    by Soeren Henn (Harvard)
    Discussants. Otis Reid (MIT) and Mike Ting (Columbia)
  • “Poll Watchers, Polling Stations, and Electoral Manipulation,” by Miguel R. Rueda (Emory)
    Discussants. Ben Marx (MIT) and John Marshall (Columbia)
  • “Propaganda and Credulity,” by Andrew Little (Cornell)
    Discussants. Oeindrila Dube (Chicago) and Alex Debs (Yale)
  • “Strategic or Sincere Voters? Evidence from a RDD in French Elections,” by  Vincent Pons (Harvard)
    Discussants. Daniel Smith (Harvard) and Torun Dewan (LSE)
  • “Parties as Disciplinarians: Clientelism, Corruption and the Industrial Organization of Parties,” by Marko Klašnja (Georgetown)
    Discussants. Daniel Hidalgo (MIT) and Milan Svolik (Yale)
2017 PROGRAM: Emory UNIVERSITY
  • “Elite Conflict, Demographic Collapse, and the Transition to Direct Rule: Evidence from Colonial Mexico,” by Emily A. Sellars and Francisco Garfias
  • “Electoral Accountability in Multi-Member Districts,” by Peter Buisseret and Carlo Prato
  • “A Dynamic Model of Primaries,” by Tara Lyn Slough, Mike Ting and Erin York
  • “Decentralization and the Gamble for Unity,” by Michael Gibilisco
  • “Self-Enforcing Partisan Procedures,” by Daniel Diermeier, Carlo Prato and Razvan Vlaicu
  • “Information Acquisition under Persuasive Precedent versus Binding Precedent,” by Hülya Eraslan and Ying Chen
  • “The Logic of Indiscriminate Repression,” by Arturas Rozenas
  • “Threat of Revolution, Peasant Movements, and Redistribution The Colombian Case, 1957-1985,” by Maria Lopez-Uribe