Political Institutions and Political Economy (PIPE) Collaborative

The PIPE Collaborative is Directed by Jeffery A. Jenkins

Provost Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law
Judith & John Bedrosian Chair of Governance and the Public Enterprise
Director, Bedrosian Center
Director, PIPE Collaborative

The Political Institutions and Political Economy (PIPE) Collaborative is a university-wide research endeavor jointly sponsored by the Price School’s Bedrosian Center and the Office of the Provost. The PIPE Collaborative will include faculty and graduate students with common interests in various aspects of political institutions and political economy

A PIPE conference or event is not a gathering of the usual “old boys,” but rather an assembly of diverse minds coming together to address some of the more important issues of the day.
Kristin Kanthak
Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
I find that the PIPE fills an important gap for the West Coast. While the geographic proximity of East Coast schools allows for a variety of opportunities for scholarly exchange, the same is not true here. The PIPE [Collaborative]'s reputation and funding have helped to bridge this gap by attracting top scholars from across the country to participate in such exchanges.
Francisco Garfias
Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego
I participated in the PIPE conference last year (March 2019) and it was such a unique experience since the PIPE brings scholars from different subfields within Political Science as well as from Economics and Business. As a scholar of American Politics, I usually have a limited experience in interacting with scholars who study comparative politics and other areas since a typical academic conference is often organized along the narrowly defined subfields. [The] PIPE conference at USC was different.
Hye Young You
Hye Young You
Assistant Professor of Politics, NYU


  • Measuring Policy Preferences. Chris Tausanovitch, UCLA
  • Private Interests in American Public Institutions. Jordan Peterson,  USC Ph.D.
  • Terrorism, Gender, and the 2016 Presidential Election. Jennifer Merolla, UC Riverside
  • Inside the Oval Office: Where Presidents Discipline the Presidency. Matthew Beckmann, UC Irvine
  • Graeme Boushey, UC Irvine
  • Legislators as Lobbyists. Melinda Ritchi, UC Riverside
  • Life, Literacy, and The Pursuit of Prosperity: Party Competition & Policy Outcomes in 50 States. Thad Kousser, UC San Diego
  • Foreign Real Estate Investment and Incumbent Party Support in the U.S. Steven Liao, UC Riverside
  • Why Did Residual Votes Increase in the 2016 Election? R. Michael Alvarez, Caltech
  • Presidents and the Congressional Black Caucus: Electoral Incentives and Budget Politics. Brian Newman, Pepperdine
  • Why Legislators Don’t Compromise and What to Do About It. Sarah Anderson, UCSB
  • Revolving Doors. Janna Rezaee, USC
  • The Challenge of Measuring Political Polarization in the US over Time using Congressional Roll Call Votes. Jeff Lewis, UCLA
  • Beyond a Reliable Vote: Coordination and Information Problems in Congressional Nominations. Kathleen Bawn, UCLA
  • The Power of Economic Interests Under Direct versus Representative Democracy. John Matsusaka, USC
  • Uncovering Discrimination in the Policing of Anti-Immigrant Hate Crime. Ben Newman, UC Riverside
  • The Advantage of Disadvantage: Protests, Resources, and Legislative Behavior. LaGina Gause, UCSD
  • Network Ties and the Political Strategies of Firms. Ben Graham, USC
  • Inequality, Social Distance, and Giving. Nic Duquette, USC
  • Public School Finance in California: the Golden Age. Rod Kiewiet, Caltech
  • Policing for Profit: The Political Economy of Law Enforcement. Gregory DeAngelo, Claremont Graduate University
  • Citizen Competence and Democratic Governance. Martin Gilens, UCLA
  • Political Violence in China: Terrorism, Official Media, and Political Priorities. Phillip Potter, UVA
  • White Identity and the Emergence of the Republican Party in the Early-20th Century South. Jeff Jenkins, USC
  • When Citizens Peek Behind the Bureaucratic Veil: An Experiment in Shaping Public Opinion. Anthony W. Orlando, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Unbundling Polarization. Chad Kendall, USC
  • Implementing Particularism: Bureaucracy and the Distribution of Federal Grants. Nicolas Napolio, USC Ph.D.
  • Bureaucratic Agency Problems and Legislative Oversight. Janna Rezaee King, USC
  • A Woman’s Voice in the House: Gender Composition and its Consequences in Committee Hearings. Pamela Ban, UCSD
  • Negotiating Bicameral Compromise. Pamela Clouser McCann, USC
  • Campaign Finance Transparency Affects Legislators’ Election Outcomes and Behavior. Abby K. Wood, USC
  • American Political Science Association Task Force on Congressional Reform Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation Report. Marci Harris, CEO & founder of POPVOX. Kevin Esterling, UC Riverside
  • Women’s Representation and the Gendered Pipeline to Power. Danielle Thomsen, UC Irvine
  • Legislative Staff and Representation in Congress: Do they understand their constituents’ policy preferences? Leah Stokes, UCSB
  • Sidestepping Primary Reform: Political Action in Response to Institutional Change. Seth Hill, UCSD
  • Monitoring bureaucratic performance in developing country governments. Jeffrey Weaver, USC
  • By the People: Electoral Reform, Public Administration, and the California 2018 Election. Andrew Sinclair, Claremont McKenna
  • Choosing Racial Identity in the United States, 1880-1940. Emily Nix, USC
  • The Supply-Equity Trade-off: The Effect of Spatial Representation on the Local Housing Supply, Michael Hankinson, George Washington University (video)