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Gabufacturing Dissent: An In-depth Analysis of Gab

Gab was founded in 2016 as an uncensored alternative to mainstream social media platforms. Stanford Internet Observatory’s latest report looks at behaviors and dynamics across the platform.
Liberalism and Its Discontents by Francis Fukuyama

Liberalism and Its Discontents

It's no secret that liberalism hasn't always lived up to its own ideals. But in this short, clear account, Francis Fukuyama offers an essential defense of a revitalized liberalism for the twenty-first century.
Everything Counts: Building a Control Regime for Nonstrategic Nuclear Warheads in Europe

Building a Control Regime for Nonstrategic Nuclear Warheads in Europe

A new report led by Rose Gottemoeller on non-strategic nuclear warhead policies in Europe, particulary in light of Russia's changing status in the global nuclear community.

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Beatriz Magaloni
Working Papers

Living in Fear: The Dynamics of Extortion in Mexico's Criminal Insurgency

Beatriz Magaloni, Alberto Díaz-Cayeros, Aila Matanock, Vidal Romero
CDDRL Working Papers, page(s): 47, 2015 February 1, 2015

This paper provides an account of the strategies of extortion and co-optation used by drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) toward civil society in Mexico. Drawing on the civil war and mafia crime literatures, our theoretical approach focuses on levels of territorial contestation among armed actors, as well as state capture by DTOs, to explain variation in co-opting or coercing civil society.

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The Economic Costs of Drug-Trafficking Violence in Mexico

Gustavo Robles, Beatriz Magaloni, Gabriela Calderón
2013 December 31, 2013

The levels of violence in Mexico have dramatically increased in the last few years due to structural changes in the drug trafficking business. The increase in the number of drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) fighting over the control of territory and trafficking routes has resulted in a substantial increase in the rates of homicides and other crimes. This study evaluates the economic costs of drug-related violence. We propose electricity consumption as an indicator of the level of municipal economic activity and use two different empirical strategies to test this.

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Journal Articles

Traditional Governance, Citizen Engagement and Local Public Goods: Evidence from Mexico

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Beatriz Magaloni, Alexander Ruiz Euler
World Development, 2013 December 31, 2013

We study the governance of public good provision in poor communities in Oaxaca, Mexico. We estimate the effect of usos y costumbres—a form of participatory democracy prevalent in indigenous communities—on the provision of local public goods. Because governance is endogenous, we address selection effects by matching on municipal characteristics and long-term settlement patterns.

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The Mexican War on Drugs: Crime and the Limits of Government Persuasion

Beatriz Magaloni, Alberto Díaz-Cayeros, Vidal Romero
CDDRL Working Papers, 2013 October 1, 2013
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How do Crime and Violence Impact Presidential Approval? Examining the Dynamics of the Mexican Case

Beatriz Magaloni, Vidal Romero, Alberto Díaz-Cayeros
CDDRL Working Papers, 2013 October 1, 2013
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Transitions to Democracy: A Comparative Perspective

Kathryn Stoner, Michael A. McFaul, Beatriz Magaloni, Abbas Milani, Gregory Domber, Ray Jennings
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013 March 12, 2013

As demonstrated by current events in Tunisia and Egypt, oppressive regimes are rarely immune to their citizens’ desire for democratic government. Of course, desire is always tempered by reality; therefore how democratic demands are made manifest is a critical source of study for both political scientists and foreign policy makers. What issues and consequences surround the fall of a government, what type of regime replaces it, and to what extent are these efforts successful?

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Policy Briefs

La Geografía Electoral de 2012 (México)

Beatriz Magaloni, Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Jorge Olarte, Edgar Franco Vivanco
México Evalua, 2012 October 10, 2012

On July 1, over 50 million Mexicans went to the polls to elect the next President of the Republic. The official count showed the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto, as winning with 38.21% of the vote. He was followed by Democratic Revolucionary Party (PRD) candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who received 31.59% of the vote and National Action Party (PAN) candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota with 25.41% of the vote.

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The Game of Electoral Fraud and the Ousting of Authoritarian Rule

Beatriz Magaloni
American Journal of Political Science, 2010 December 31, 2010
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Political Order and One-Party Rule

Beatriz Magaloni, Ruth Kricheli
Annual Review of Political Science, 2010 December 31, 2010
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Welfare Benefits, Canvassing, and Campaign Handouts

Alberto Díaz-Cayeros, Federico Estévez, Beatriz Magaloni
Consilidating Mexico's Democracy, edited by Jorge I. Domínguez, Chappel Lawson, and Alejandro Moreno, 2009 December 31, 2009
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Aiding Latin America's Poor

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Beatriz Magaloni
Journal of Democracy, 2009 October 1, 2009

(excerpt) Social policy in Latin America has traditionally failed to benefit the poor. Throughout most of the twentieth century, the main redistributive efforts in the region went into building welfare states. Yet unlike their European counterparts, these Latin American welfare states are highly “truncated,” meaning that whatever their nominal degree of universality, in fact they only cover those with formal employment. The poor, being mostly outside the formal sector of the economy, are outside the ambit of the welfare state as well.

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Credible Power-Sharing and the Longevity of Authoritarian Rule

Beatriz Magaloni
Comparative Political Studies, 2008 December 31, 2008
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Partisan Cleavages, State Retrenchment, and Free Trade: Latin America in the 1990s

Beatriz Magaloni, Vidal Romero
Latin American Research Review, 2008 December 31, 2008
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Voting for Autocracy: Hegemonic Party Survival and its Demise in Mexico

Beatriz Magaloni
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, 2006 September 4, 2006

This book provides a theory of the logic of survival of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), one of the most resilient autocratic regimes in the twentieth century. An autocratic regime hid behind the facade of elections that were held with clockwise precision. Although their outcome was totally predictable, elections were not hollow rituals. The PRI made millions of ordinary citizens vest their interests in the survival of the autocratic regime.

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Voting for Autocracy: Hegemonic Party Survival and its Demise in Mexico

Beatriz Magaloni,
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, 2006 September 2, 2006

This book provides a theory of the logic of survival of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), one of the most resilient autocratic regimes in the twentieth century. An autocratic regime hid behind the facade of elections that were held with clockwise precision. Although their outcome was totally predictable, elections were not hollow rituals. The PRI made millions of ordinary citizens vest their interests in the survival of the autocratic regime.

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