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Housing policy; informal economies; property rights; gangs; maras; urban crime
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About Me

I study the comparative political economy of development with a focus on urban politics and Latin America.  I’m currently working on a book about the politics of enforcement against property law violations by the poor, such as squatting, street vending, and electricity theft.  I also have written about social policy, crime control, and vote buying in Latin America.

Recent Publications

“Forbearance,” Forthcoming at the American Political Science Review. 

“Beyond the Machine: Clientelistic Brokers and Interest Organizations in Latin America” (with Brian Palmer-Rubin), Comparative Political Studies 48(9): 1186-1223, August 2015.

“The Distributive Politics of Enforcement,” American Journal of Political Science 59(2): 357-371, April 2015.

“Right on Crime?  Conservative Party Politics and Mano Dura Policies in El Salvador, “ Latin American Research Review 48(1): 44-68, Spring 2013.

Media Coverage

“Why all the illegal street vending? Ask the mayor,“ Washington Post, “The Monkey Cage,” June 30, 2004.

Country Focus
Colombia, Peru, El Salvador

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