The Great Retreat: How Political Parties Should Behave—And Why they Don't, under contract, Oxford University Press
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.
Political Parties and Intermediary Capacity, working paper
State Capacity and Public Health: California and COVID-19 (with Andrew Kelly), working paper
Political Parties and Democratic Norms (with Julia Azari), under preparation for Placing Political Parties in American Political Development, ed. Jessica Hejny and Adam Hilton
Associational Party Building: A Path To Rebuilding Democracy (with Tabatha Abu El-Haj). 2022. Columbia Law Review Forum, vol. 122, 127-76
California and Public Health Authority, in Who Governs? Emergency Powers in the Time of Covid, 2022. Morris Fiorina and John Ferejohn (eds), Hoover University Press.
Democratization and the Franchise, 2020. Comparative Politics 52(3): 515-532
Comparing America: Reflections on Democracy Across Subfields. 2019. Perspectives on Politics 17(3): 788-800
The Contradictions of Democratic Innovation in the United States, 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), 49â€“55
California's Election Reforms Should Be a Model for Other States, 2023, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The case for mandatory universal voting: A review of E.J. Dionne and Miles Rapaport's 100% Democracy, 2022, The Washington Post
Why a healthy democracy should welcome conflict and uncertainty: A review of Jan-Werner Muller's Democracy Rules, 2021, The Washington Post
Neoliberalism: The Rise and Fall, 2021, American Purpose
Democracy in Peril?, 2020, American Purpose
Civil Society in the Neoliberal Age, 2020, Global Perspectives
The Politics of Post-Pandemic Education, 2021, The Niskanen Center
Patronage and the Pandemic, 2020, The American Interest
Political Reform and American Democracy, 2020, The American Interest
Global Populisms and Their Challenges with Anna Grzymala-Busse, Michael McFaul, and Frank Fukuyama, 2020. Stanford Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies White Paper.
Are Strong Parties the Answer? A Review of Responsible Parties, 2019. Journal of Democracy 30(3): 173-178
Political Parties: What Are They Good For?, 2019. New America Political Reform Essay Collection.
See also Challenges to Parties in the United States and beyond, 2019. Vox.com's Polyarchy series
and Stanford CDDRL's Conference on Parties, Representation, and Governance in the 21st Century
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
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.