Didi Kuo

Books

Democracy and the Transformation of the Party System, in progress.

Clientelism, Capitalism, and Democracy: The Rise of Programmatic Politics in the United States and Britain. Cambridge University Press (2018)

Clientelism, Capitalism, and Democracy explains the conditions under which political parties transition from clientelistic to programmatic competition. It argues that changes in capitalist organization, including the adoption of managerial capitalism and the creation of politically-oriented business organizations, led businesses to develop preferences against clientelism and patronage. Further, it argues that the linkages between businesses and parties ushered in new forms of interest mediation, democratic accountability, and programmatic organization.

Writing

Democratization and the Franchise, under review

Comparing America: Reflections on Democracy Across Subfields Forthcoming, Perspectives on Politics

Making Better Use of Lessons From Abroad For American Democracy (with Thomas Carothers), 2019, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Future of Democratic Capitalism, Winter 2019, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas

Reassessing American Democracy: The Enduring Challenge of Racial Exclusion (with Johanna Kalb). 2018. University of Michigan Law Review Online Vol. 117: 55-62.

The Paradox of Party Polarization, 2017, in The American Interest

Democracy and Governance in the US: In Search of Innovations, in The Governance Report 2017, ed. Hertie School of Governance. Oxford University Press

Illicit Tactics as Substitutes: Election Fraud, Ballot Reform and Contested Congressional Elections in the United States, 1860-1930, (with Jan Teorell). 2017. Comparative Political Studies 50(5): 665-696

Democracy in America (with Nolan McCarty). 2015. Global Politics 6(S1), 49–55

Polarization and Partisanship. The American Interest, Nov/Dec 2015

Reforming Lobbying and Campaign Finance. A Report of the Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective, 2015

Electoral System Reform in the United States. A Report of the Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective, Stanford University, 2014

Comparative Budget Policy: Lessons for the United States. A Report of the Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective, Stanford University, 2014

"Culture War? A Closer Look at the Role of Religion, Denomination, and Religiosity in US Public Opinion" (with Shauna Shames and Katherine Levine). In Faith, Politics, and Sexual Diversity, ed. David Rayside and Clyde Wilcox. University of British Columbia Press, 2011.