QP LIVE! Where to Find Us at MPSA 2014

It's the time of year that I affectionately call "conference season," i.e. the springtime one-two punch of the annual meetings of the International Studies Association and the Midwest Political Science Association.  This week, thousands of political scientists will descend upon Chicago hoping to learn about new research, present some research of their own, and/or connect with old friends and new colleagues.  Your trusty bloggers here at the Quantitative Peace will be among those making the trek, so, in case you are interested in seeing the kind of stuff we work on when we're not blogging, I've put together a schedule of our presentations with a brief description of each.  Check it out after the jump.


Thursday, April 3 10:25 AM – Panel 18-33: Interstate Disputes
"Regions of Hierarchy and Security: US Troop Deployments, Spatial Relations & Defense Burdens."
Michael Allen, Michael Flynn, & Julie VanDusky-Allen

In this paper, Allen, Flynn, and Vandusky-Allen examine how states' defense burdens are affected by the presence of US troops (1) within the state and (2) in the surrounding region.


Thursday, April 3 2:40 PM – Panel 18-31: International Conflict Behavior
"The Influence of Regional Power Distribution on Interdependence"
Michael Allen

In this manuscript, Allen focuses on dynamic regional, rather than global, power distributions to show how power disparity and parity shape trading patterns among states.


Friday, April 4 8:30 AM – Panel 18-6: Political Violence & Regime Stability in Autocracies
"Satiating the Demand for Destruction: The Political Economy of Arms Imports"
Matthew DiGiuseppe & Michael Flynn

Flynn & DiGiuseppe examine how political and economic ties with major arms exporting states affect arms imports into states experiencing civil conflict.


Friday, April 4 8:30 AM – Panel 81-3: Field Experiments
"The Effects of Lawn Signs on Vote Choice: Results from Three Randomized Field Experiments
Donald P. Green, Jonathan Krasno, Benjamin Farrer, Joshua Zingher, & Alexander Coppock

This co-authored project (which includes both regular QP contributor Ben Farrer and recent QP guest Josh Zingher) uses three large-scale field experiments to test whether lawn signs – ubiquitous in US election campaigns – actually have a demonstrable effect on vote outcomes.


Friday, April 4 4:35 PM – Panel 18-24: Protest Tactics
"Winners, Losers, & Protest Behavior in Parliamentary Systems"
Julie VanDusky-Allen

In this paper, VanDusky-Allen argues that losers in parliamentary systems with single party, majority governments are more likely to protest than losers in systems with coalition governments.  Further, it appears that winning and losing has no effect on protest behavior in coalition systems, while losers in single party, majority systems are more likely to protest than winners.


Finally, I (Chad Clay) will also be at MPSA, but after a very busy schedule at ISA last week, I will only be attending as a discussant.  If you are looking for me, feel free to come to my panel on Thursday afternoon about the UN and Human Rights or check out some Exploring Human Rights posters with me on Friday afternoon. Hope to see you in Chicago!

K. Chad Clay

About K. Chad Clay

K. Chad Clay is an assistant professor in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia and co-director of the CIRI Human Rights Data Project. His research focuses on the impact of international factors on human rights practices, political violence, and economic development. He received his PhD in political science from Binghamton University in 2012.

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