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David Scott Szakonyi Faculty Member

Most importantly, I made substantial progress finishing my book manuscript on businessperson candidates in Russia. Following my book conference last spring, I finished revisions and submitted to Cambridge University Press in December 2018. I have received two positive reviews back and expect to sign a contract over the summer after the June editorial meeting. Over the course of the year, I also completed one solo-authored article manuscript on nepotism that has been published by the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. Another solo-authored piece on anticorruption campaigns is currently under review at the American Political Science Review, and I have revised and resubmitted an article based on one of my dissertation chapters to the Journal of Politics. With regards to co-authored work, I published an article on elite defections under autocracy with Ora John Reuter (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) at the American Political Science Review. Another article on clientelism with Reuter and Timothy Frye (Columbia University) is forthcoming at World Politics in the fall of 2019. Finally, this past spring, Reuter and I submitted another article on the consequences of electoral fraud to the American Journal of Political Science. This last paper has drawn on data from surveys funded by a UFF grant. Since January 2018, I have also been working closely with Transparency International – Russia to digitize and standardize millions of income and asset declarations of Russian government officials. So far we have put together a team of five computer scientists to write a sophisticated parser that can scrape thousands of electronic documents and organize the data. This one-of-a-kind resource will allow us to analyze not only where corruption thrives in Russia at the individual level (using data on salary, real estate and cars), but also build a comprehensive map of cadre movements and bureaucratic structures for the entire government manuscript. I expect this data collection effort to fuel a series of papers, if not a second book, in the coming years.

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