Dissertation: Government formation in Asian-Pacific Democracies

In my dissertation, I examine government formation in Asian-Pacific democracies. Previous studies on government formation have focused on Western Europe, and increasingly scholars have begun to pay attention to government formation in Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Africa. Still, government formation in Asian-Pacific democracies has been understudied. One reason for this is that there are no cross-national datasets for governments in Asian-Pacific democracies. Thus, as part of my dissertation work, I have been creating such a dataset. The dataset includes 30 countries that have experienced at least one democratic year from 1945-2019. The three papers that comprise my dissertation investigate the following topics: 1) when do coalition governments form; 2) how are ministerial portfolios are distributed; and 3) what implications do different government types have on economic performance, corruption, and public goods provision. The advantage of applying existing theoretical frameworks to a new context is that, in this case, the countries in the Asia-Pacific region are characterized by a wide variety of institutions, levels of institutionalization (of legislatures, party systems, and democracy), and levels of economic development. This variation allows me to test some additional implications of existing arguments, while demonstrating that executive-legislative relations matter for political outcomes and should be taken seriously in this region.

Working papers

Partisan Portfolio Allocation: Dividing the Pie Between Coalition Partners in Asia-Pacific Democracies

Works in progress

Coalition Signals and Voters’ Perception on the Ideological Position of Political Parties in Japan (with Charles Crabtree and Sona Golder)

Women’s Representation in Government in Asian-Pacific Democracies

Portfolio Allocation in Parliamentary and Semi-Presidential Democracies: Rethinking the Formateur Disadvantage” (with Molly Ariotti and Sona Golder)

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