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University of California, Berkeley
urban politics, infrastructure, water and sanitation, mass transit, electricity, Latin America
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My research lies at the intersection of comparative urban politics and comparative political economy, with regional emphases on Latin America and South Asia.  It examines several related themes: the politics of regulating privatized infrastructure, the varying ability of subnational governments to provide infrastructure services effectively following the decentralization wave of the 1990s, and the politics of urban policy more broadly. 

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Foreign and Domestic Investment in Argentina:  The Politics of Privatized Infrastructure. 2014.  New York:  Cambridge University Press.


“Blame Avoidance and Policy Stability in Developing Democracies:  Security Policy in Buenos Aires.”  (with Hernán Flom)  Forthcoming.  Comparative Politics.


“How Investor Portfolios Shape Regulatory Outcomes: Privatized Infrastructure After Crises.” (with María Victoria Murillo) 2016. World Development. Vol. 77: 328-345. 

“Policy Traps: Consumer Subsidies in Post-Crisis Argentina” (with Tomás Bril Mascarenhas). 2015.  Studies in Comparative International Development.  50(1): 98-120.  (Updated version in Desarrollo Economico. 2014. 54(213): 171-202.)


“Can Developing Countries Both Decentralize and Depoliticize Urban Water Services?” (with Veronica Herrera). 2014. World Development. Vol. 46: 621-641.

“Home Court Advantage: Sustaining Regulatory Bargains in Weak Institutional Environments.” 2014. Politics & Society. 42(1): 107-132. 

“Pathways for Redistribution: Privatization, Regulation, and Incentives for Pro-Poor Investment in the Argentine Water Sector” (2009). International Journal of Public Policy. Vol.4, No. 1/2, pp. 51-75.




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