Research | Working Papers

Fear of Failure: Career Concerns and Policy Experimentation in the Lab

Abstract: When political agents worry about losing their jobs, they may prioritize job protection over job performance. Experimenting with new, possibly beneficial, policy choices can be squelched because keeping the status quo is proof against firing. Or it can be pursued...

Author: Ian Palmer Cook, University of Pittsburgh; Ian R. Turner, Washington University in St. Louis; Jonathan Woon, University of Pittsburgh

Working Papers   :   July 31, 2014 4:32 PM  :  read more »

Time and Punishment: Concession and Blame in Political Standoffs

Abstract: (Link to draft.) Political negotiation frequently looks like two sides staring each other down, waiting for the other to blink. In these showdowns, neither sides wishes to concede, claiming this would incur voter displeasure. However, this implies a responsiveness to voter...


Ian Palmer Cook, University of Pittsburgh; Jonathan Woon, University of Pittsburgh

Dissertation, Under Review, Working Papers   :   July 30, 2014 4:37 PM  :  read more »

Buying Legislators or Buying Judges? The Impact of Campaign Contributions on State Judicial and Legislative Elections

Abstract: Anyone running for an elected office knows the importance of campaign contributions- a resource that can potentially be translated into votes (Mayhew 1974). A great deal of research on contributions in elections at both the state and federal levels has...

Author: Kristen Coopie Allen, University of Pittsburgh; Ian Palmer Cook, University of Pittsburgh

Judicial, Voting, Working Papers   :   September 5, 2012 10:48 AM  :  read more »   :  

About the Author

Ian P. Cook is a Ph.D. student at the University of Pittsburgh, studying American Politics. He has also been a researcher with the RAND Corporation. No material on this site implies endorsement by either institution.