Endogenous Parties

A Quantitative Model of Democracy

We construct a citizen-candidate model with multiple districts and endogenous parties. The model is able to provide quantitatively and qualitatively realistic results.

Daniel Ladley, James Rockey
Percentage of Population with a Felony Conviction

Political Economy of Felon Disenfranchisement

Over 6.1M US citizens, especially black Americans, lose voting rights due to felonies. Using a new database, we reveal how this impacts political outcomes. Stricter laws lower voting likelihood, even among eligible individuals. Easing these laws promotes policy liberalism and black representation.

Arpita Ghosh, James Rockey
Networks of Candidates and Donors

Power and the money, money and the power: A network analysis of donations from American corporate to political leaders

Using a new dataset, this paper maps US political donations as a social network, highlighting an increase in donation polarization and concentration. While traditional donation patterns persist, there’s a clear shift towards a smaller set of influential donors and politicians gaining prominence.

James Rockey, Nadia Zakir