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Researchers / Masaaki Higashijima

Masaaki Higashijima

  • Ph.D. Political Science, Michigan State University
  • Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study

Research Topics

This study explores how elections are formed in authoritarian regimes as well as their impacts on political order and economic policy in non-democracies.

Education and Academic Employment

April-August 2009  Waseda University, JSPS Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow (DC2)
September 2009 PhD Student (Fulbright Scholar), Political Science Department, Michigan State University
2012-2013 Research Consultant, the World Bank
February 2015 Ph.D. in Political Science, Michigan State University
April 2015-present Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study

Research Fields of Interest

  • Political Science
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Economy
  • Developing Countries
  • Central Asia
  • Democratization
  • Elections

Academic Publications

  1. “Central Bank Independence and Fiscal Policy: Incentives to Spend and Constraints on the Executive.” (with Cristina Bodea), the British Journal of Political Science http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0007123415000058, Jul 15, 2015

  2. “Oil and Civil Conflict Onset: Can Public Spending Have a Mitigation Effect?” (with Cristina Bodea and Raju Jan Singh) , World Development, doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2015.09.004, Volume 78, February 2016, Pages 1–12 .

  3. “Elections, Ethnic Parties, and Ethnic Identification in New Democracies: Evidence from the Baltic States.” (with Ryo Nakai), Studies in Comparative International Development. June 2015. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12116-015-9187-1

  4. “Oil and Civil Conflict Onset: Can Public Spending Have a Mitigation Effect?” (with Cristina Bodea and Raju Jan Singh) World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, WPS7100, 2014.

  5. “Protests and Turnover after Authoritarian Elections.” Forthcoming in Pippa Norris, Richard Frank, and Ferran Martinetz i Coma eds. Contentious Elections: From Ballots to Barricades. New York: Routledge, 2015

Membership of Academic Organization

American Political Science Association
European Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association

Honors

2014 The US National Science Foundation, Dissertation Improvement Grant
2014 Electoral Integrity Project/IDEA the EIP/IDEA Best Graduate Student Paper Award
2013 Nominee for the Westview Press Award, the Best Graduate Student Paper Award at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association
2015-2016 European University Institute, Post-Doctoral Max Weber Fellowship
2015 The 2014 Best Paper Award, Political Science Department, Michigan State University

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