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The University of Chicago
Transitional Justice, Political Organizations and Parties, Legislatures, Comparative Political Institutions, Lustration.
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About Me

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. I teach a wide range of courses in Comparative Politics and Formal Theory. My research interests span transitional justice, the study of comparative institutions such as legislatures, political organizations such as parties, and most recently authoritarian legacies. I have published Skeletons in the Closet, Transitional Justice in the PostCommunist World with Cambridge University Press. This book received the Leon D. Epstein Award from the Political Organizations and Parties section of the APSA in 2012. I was also awarded the Best Book award by theComparative Democratization section APSA in 2011.
Currently I am finishing a book with Royce Carroll (University of Essex) on the emergence of programmatic parties in PostCommunist Europe. The book focuses on the development of parties in the legislative arena, using the wealth of data on legislative voting that has become available since these countries transitioned from Communism in the late 80s and early 90s.
I am also working on a series of papers with Grigore Pop-Eleches (Princeton University) on the dynamics shaping anti-authoritarian attitudes in Poland prior to 1989. These papers make use of 17 high quality nationally representative surveys taken between the lifting of Martial Law in Poland in 1983 and Roundtable Negotiations of 1989 that eventually brought down Communism in Europe.

Recent Publications

Monika Nalepa. 2017 “Agenda Setting: the Third Pathway to Voting Unity. Evidence from the Polish Parliament” (forthcoming Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric).

Monika Nalepa. 2016. “Party Institutionalization and Legislative Organization: The Evolution of Agenda Power in the Polish Parliament.” The Journal of Comparative Politics (April, 2016).

Nalepa, Monika and Emilia Powell. 2016. “The Role of Domestic Opposition and International Justice Regimes in Peaceful Transitions of Power.” Journal of Conflict Resolution (OnlineFirst)

Nalepa, Monika. 2015. “The Institutional Context of Transitional Justice.” In Handbook of Comparative Political Institutions, eds. Jennifer Gandhi and Ruben Ruiz-Rufino, London: Routledge.

Kaminski Marek M. and Monika Nalepa. 2014. “A Model of Strategic Preemption: Why Do Post Communists Hurts Themselves?” Decyzje 21(2): 31-65.

Nalepa, Monika. 2012. “Tolerating Mistakes: How do popular perceptions of procedural fairness affect demand for transitional justice?” Journal of Conflict Resolution 56 (3): 490–515.

Nalepa, Monika. 2012. “Reconciliation, Refugee Returns, and the Impact of International Criminal Justice: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina.” NOMOS, Proceedings of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy. v.51, eds. Melissa Williams & Rosemary Nagy, New York, New York University Press.

Media Coverage

Gaming the Vote’ by Helen Gregg for the University of Chicago Magazine

Country Focus
Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia.

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