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Christopher Adolph


Professor, Political Science

Research Interests

Comparative Politics, Computational Methods, Data Visualization, Health Policy, Labor, Political Economy, Political Methodology, Public Administration, Public Policy, Quantitative Methods, Statistics


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My research in political economy and comparative politics covers many topics: the politics of monetary policy, the politics of bureaucratic power, the politics of budget trade-offs, the domestic impact of international trade, and the comparative study of institutions governing health. I specialize in the visual display of scientific information, especially the illustration of substantive findings from statistical models. I’m also interested in statistical inference on data whose logical bounds make estimation easier, as in the study of political rank, compositional data (especially state budgets and international trade portfolios), and ecological inference. I am a former Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, and my book, Bankers, Bureaucrats, and Central Bank Politics: The Myth of Neutrality (Cambridge University Press, 2013), won the International Political Science Association's Charles H. Levine Prize for best contribution in comparative public policy and administration.