Transparency, Risk, and FDI
The Gist: MNCs are not unconditionally risk-averse. They are willing to accept political risk when they can confidently assess and quantify it -- for instance, when the host government practices transparency.
Bringing the Company Back In
A Firm-Level Analysis of Foreign Direct Investment
The Gist: Introduces an original dataset recording subsidiary placements by 77 major MNCs between 1993-2010, and re-evaluates the relationship between democracy and FDI.
Profiting from Sanctions
Economic Coercion and US FDI in Third-Party States
The Gist: Sanctions divert FDI flows from sender states to host countries who maintain close economic ties with target states. Globalization empowers powerful firms to circumvent economic barriers erected by their own governments.
Avoiding the Spotlight
Human Rights Shaming and Foreign Direct Investment
The Gist: FDI decreases with negative human rights publicity; but the relationship with actual human rights practices is less clear. Human rights activists can use economic globalization as a powerful tool by imposing "reputation costs" on MNCs who partner with abusive regimes.
and the Economic Policy Positions of Parties
The Gist: Traditionally "leftist" economic positions are increasingly adopted by parties on both the left and right in response to economic integration. Partisan evolution is driven not only by domestic forces, but global forces, too.
Choosing the Best House in a Bad Neighborhood
Location Strategies of Human Rights INGOs in the Non-Western World
The Gist: IHROs locate permanent offices and staff strategically, balancing operational latitude with both local and neighborhood "need." In contrast, global variations in IHRO membership rates are mostly a function of local "opportunity structures."
Freedom of Foreign Movement, Economic Opportunities Abroad,
and Protest in Non-Democratic Regimes
The Gist: Liberalizing emigration acts as a safety valve for authoritarian governments looking to release domestic pressure -- but only when economic conditions in destination countries are good.
Good for the Money
International Finance, State Capacity, and Internal Armed Conflict
The Gist: The likelihood of armed rebellion decreases with states' creditworthiness. Financial globalization bolsters "state capacity" for those on good terms with international creditors.