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University of Colorado, Boulder
Voting and Protest, Poverty, Political Participation, Quality of Democracy, Political Attitudes, NGOs, Civil Society
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About Me
My research focuses on understanding political participation in developing democracies. I am interested in why people vote, why they protest, and how the context of democratic quality shapes those choices.
My book, NGOs, Civil Society and Political Protest (published in 2014 with  Cambridge University Press), explores how the quality of elections affects the role that NGOs and other organizations in civil society have in shaping how people participate in politics.
My next project, with co-author Claudio Holzner, explores poverty and political participation in Latin America.
I have also worked on NGOs and credit-claiming, the impact of participatory budgeting on well-being, political competition and social spending, and voter turnout in Bolivia and Brazil, civil society and support for democratic political systems, and attitudes of indigenous people toward the government in Bolivia.
Recent Publications

Boulding, Carew. 2014. NGOs, Political Protest and Civil Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Boulding, Carew and David S. Brown. 2015. “Do Political Parties Matter for Turnout? Number of Parties, Electoral Rules and Local Elections in Brazil and Bolivia.” Party Politics. Vol. 21, No. 3, 404-416.

Boulding, Carew and David S. Brown. 2014. “Political Competition and Local Social Spending: Evidence from Brazil.” Studies in Comparative International Development. Vol. 49, No. 2, 197-216.

Boulding, Carew and Jami Nunez. 2014. “Civil Society and Support for the Political System in Times of Crisis.” Latin American Research Review. Vol. 49, no.1.

Boulding, Carew. 2010. “NGOs and Political Participation in Weak Democracies: Sub-national Evidence on Protest and Voter Turnout from Bolivia” Journal of Politics. Vol. 72, No. 2, 456-468.

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