Primary Current Project:

      Campaign Strategy in Latin America

Working Papers

Aguilar, Rosario, Saul Cunow, and Scott Desposato. 2012. “The Racial Democracy? Latent Racial Cues and Vote Choice in Brazil”. Under review.

Desposato, Scott and Barbara Norrander. 2012. "The Gender Gap in Public Opinion in Latin America: Individual and Institutional Factors". Under Review.

Desposato, Scott, Matt Ingram, and Osmar Lannes. 2012. "The New Politics of the Brazilian Judiciary".  Invitation to revise and resubmit.

Brown, David, Chris Brown, and Scott Desposato. 2012. "The Impact of NGO's on Turnout and Vote Choice in Brazil". Under Review.

Desposato, Scott. Going Negative in Comparative Perspective: Electoral Rules, Competition, and Consolidation in Ten Latin American Countries

Desposato, Scott. The Impact of Campaign Messages in New Democracies: Results From An Experiment in Brazil

Desposato, Scott and Francisco Cantu. "How to Measure Legislative Cohesion with Spatial Models."

Cantu, Francisco, Scott Desposato, and Eric Magar. "Roll-Call Votes, Agenda Control, and Transparency in Mexico's Chamber of Deputies."

Aguilar, Rosario, Saul Cunow, and Scott Desposato. "Race, Ballot Structure, and Vote Choice in Brazil: Report from a Field Experiment".

Journal Articles

Cantu, Francisco, Scott Desposato, and Eric Magar. Forthcoming. “Methodological Considerations for Students of Mexican Legislative Politics: Selection Bias in Roll-Call Votes”. Politica y Gobierno.

Cunow, Saul, Barry Ames, Scott Desposato, and Lucio Renno. Forthcoming. The Impact of Careerism on Incentives for Legislative Institution Building. Forthcoming, Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Cantu, Francisco and Scott Desposato. 2012. "The New Federalism of Mexico's Party System". Journal of Politics in Latin America.

Scott Desposato, Matt Kearney, and Brian Crisp. 2011. "Using cosponsorship data to estimate ideal points." Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Brian Crisp, Scott Desposato, and Kris Kanthak. 2010. "Legislative pivots, presidential powers, and policy stability." Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization.

Scott Desposato and Ethan Scheiner. 2009. "Governmental Centralization and Party Affiliation: Legislator Strategies in Brazil and Japan." American Political Science Review, 102(4):509– 524.

Desposato, Scott W. and Barbara Norrander. 2008. "Latin America: Contextual and Individual Influences on Gender and Political Participation." British Journal of Political Science.

Brown, David, Brown, J. Christopher, and Scott Desposato. 2008. Who Gives, Who Receives and Who Wins? Transforming Capital into Political Change through Non-Governmental Organizations".Comparative Political Studies.

Desposato, Scott W. 2008. "The Impact of Electoral Rules on Legislative Parties: Lessons from the Brazilian Senate and Chamber of Deputies". Journal of Politics

Brown David, Brown, J. Christopher and Scott Desposato. 2008. "Promoting and Preventing Political Change Through Internationally-Funded NGO Activity". Latin American Research Review.

Desposato, Scott W. 2006. "Parties for Rent? Careerism, Ideology, and Party Switching in Brazil's Chamber of Deputies." American Journal of Political Science.

Desposato, Scott W. Forthcoming. "Correcting for Small Group Inflation of Roll-Call Cohesion Scores". British Journal of Political Science. 35:04 (Oct). 731-744.

Petrocik, John and Scott Desposato. Forthcoming. "Incumbency from the Voter's Perspective ". Political Research Quarterly

Brown, Christopher, Brown, David, and Scott Desposato. Forthcoming. "Paving the Way to Political Change: Decentralization of Development in the Brazilian Amazon". Political Geography.

Desposato, Scott W. 2004. "The Impact of Federalism on National Political Parties in Brazil." Legislative Studies

Quarterly. XXIX: 259-85.

Crisp, Brian and Scott Desposato. 2004. "Constituency Building in Multimember Districts: Collusion or Conflict?" Journal of Politics. 66(1): 136-156.

Desposato, Scott W. 2003. "Comparing Group and Subgroup Cohesion Scores: A Nonparametric Method with an Application to Brazil." Political Analysis. 11(3): 275-288.

Desposato, Scott W. and John R. Petrocik. 2003. "The Variable Incumbency Advantage: New Voters, Redistricting, and the Personal Vote". American Journal of Political Science. 47(1): 18-22

Brown, David and Christopher Brown and Scott Desposato. 2002. "Left Turn on Green? International NGO's, Civil Society, and Political Change". Comparative Political Studies. 35(7): 814-838.

Desposato, Scott W. "Legislative Politics in Authoritarian Brazil". 2001.Legislative Studies Quarterly. XXVI(2): 287-317.

Petrocik, John R. and Scott W. Desposato. 1998. "The Partisan Effects of Majority Minority Districting, 1992-1994". The Journal of Politics.

66(1): 613-633.

Other Publications

Scott Desposato. Book Review: "The Handbook of National Legislatures, by M. Steven Fish and Matthew Kroenig." Legislative Studies Quarterly, Forthcoming.

Scott Desposato. Estratégia Eleitoral com Representação Proporcional de Lista Aberta e Distritos de Um Membro: Subeleitorados e Comunicação Política. In Magna Inácio and Lucio Rennó, editors, Legislativo Brasileiro em Perspectiva Comparada, pages 269–292. Editora UFMG, Belo Horizonte, 2010

Scott Desposato. "Party-Switching in Brazil: Causes, Effects, and Representation." In William B. Heller and Carol Mershon, editors, Political Parties and Legislative Party Switching. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2010

Scott W. Desposato. "Brazilian Political Reform: What Needs Fixing, What Doesn’t, and What to Do." In Instituicoes Representativas no Brasil: Balanco e Reforma. Editora UFMG, Belo Horizonte, 2007

Scott Desposato. "Preferˆencias dos eleitores e incentivos dos legisladores em ambientes eleitorais diversos: o caso dos estados brasileiros. In Celina Souza and Paulo Fa ́bio Dan- tas Neto, editors, Governo, polıticas públicas e elites polıticas nos estados brasileiros, pages 229–245. Revan, Rio de Janeiro, 2006

Scott Desposato. From Revolution to Rouba Mas Faz? Lula’s Reelection Campaign in Brazil. ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, V(I):29–32, spring/summer 2006

Scott Desposato. Latin American Legislative Politics. Latin American Politics and Society, 48(4):163–178, 2006

Desposato, Scott. Forthcoming. "How Informal Electoral Institutions

Determine Brazilian Legislative Politics". in Informal Institutions and

Democratic Politics. Edited by Steven Levitsky and Gretchen Helmke.

Desposato, Scott. 2004. "How Vote Buying Shapes the Legislative Arena". in Vote Buying: Who, What, When, and How? Edited by Frederic Schaeffer and Andreas Schedler. Forthcoming.

Desposato, Scott and John Petrocik. 2004. "The Variable Incumbency

Advantage: New Voters, Redistricting, and the Personal Vote". InRedistricting in the New Millenium. Edited by Peter Galderisi. Lanham: Lexington Books. Forthcoming.

Desposato, Scott. Forthcoming. "Explaining Patterns of Oversight in

Brazilian Subnational Governments". In Legislative Oversight: Theories and Practices. Edited by Dave Olson, Riccardo Pelizzo, and Frank Stapehurst. WBI Working Papers Series on Contemporary Issues in Parliamentary Development.

The World Bank.

Working Papers and Projects

Judicial Behavior in Civil Law Systems: Changing Patterns on the Brazilian Supremo Tribunal Federal. (With Matt Ingram and Osmar Lannes).

Going Negative in Comparative Perspective: Electoral Rules, Competition, and  Consolidation in Ten Latin American Countries

The Impact of Campaign Messages in New Democracies:

Results From An Experiment in Brazil

"Conditional Logit with Unobserved Choice Set Selection" Working Paper.

"An Agent-Based Model of Electoral Systems"Working Paper.

"The Impact of Party-Switching on Legislative Behavior in Brazil" Working Paper.

Dissertation Chapters

Title: "Institutional Theories, Societal Realities, and Party Politics in Brazil"

Here are some dissertation chapters. Any feedback or comments are greatly appreciated.

Abstract of the Dissertation

Chapter 2: Societal Variables and Party Labels: A Comparison of Five State Party Systems in Brazil

Chapter 3: Would SMD Fix Brazil's Party System? A Comparison of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate

Chapter 4: The Mechanisms and Impact of Federalism on Brazilian Parties



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