Part-Time Research Assistant to Margaret Levi, Senior Fellow, FSI
Research Project Title: Causal Inference for Social Impact Lab
Research Project Description: The Causal Inference for Social Impact Lab (CISIL) at CASBS attempts to advance both causal inference techniques for non-randomized designs and their application to the design and evaluation of public policies. The application of non-randomized approaches faces many significant challenges. The techniques are often new and quite complicated, use individual-level data that cannot be made publicly available due to privacy protections, and can require a great deal of computing power. Complicating matters even further is the range of statistically reasonable analytic decisions a researcher can make and the effect those decisions have on their analysis. Not only could different non-randomized techniques (e.g. difference-in-differences versus a matching design)produce different results, but the myriad of small decisions nested within that technique(e.g. how concepts are measured, or the threshold a researcher sets for sufficient matches) may also change the outcome.
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Part-Time Research Assistant to Anna Grzymala-Busse, Senior Fellow, FSI
Research Project Title: Populism and the Erosion of Democracy
Research Project Description: This research project is founded on a database of populist party support, which covers populist parties in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
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Part-Time Research Assistant to Stephen Stedman, Senior Fellow, FSI
Research Project Title: Climate Change and Democracy
Research Project Description: The goal of this project is to explore: 1.) How will climate change affect political systems, in particular, democracies, rule of law and governance? How will climate change stress political systems around the world? 2.) In turn, what can we say about the challenges that democracy, governance and rule of law pose for the political sustainability of environmental policies aimed to reduce global warming and adapt to current and ongoing climate change?
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Part-time Research Assistant to Didi Kuo, Senior Research Scholar and Associate Director for Research, CDDRL
Research Project Title: Building political parties
Project Description: This is a research project on political parties, and the essential role they play in democracies. It is part of a book on the erosion of parties over the past fifty years.
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Part Time Research Assistant to Kathryn Stoner, Mosbacher Director and Senior Fellow, CDDRL
Research Project Title: Was Putin Inevitable? How Russia Got Lost in Transition
Research Project Description: This is a book length project that examines the forty year trajectory of political and economic change in Russia since 1985 and the earliest days of Soviet era reform through to the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Was it inevitable that the process of reform ended with the reinstatement of a repressive autocracy? If not, why not? What went wrong? What lessons does Russia have for comparative students of political and economic change? These are the central questions this project will seek to answer.
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