Political Economy of Diplomacy

Trading Representation: Diplomacy’s Influence on PTAs (with Roos van der Sterren). British Journal of Politics and International Relations 18(4):889-911. 2016.

With growth in complex interdependence since the end of WWII, traditional diplomacy has increasingly taken on an economic role. We find a positive link between high-level bilateral diplomatic missions and preferential trade agreements.

A Network Approach to the Formation of Diplomatic Ties (with Daniel Maliniak). 2011.

Geographic and economic incentives have long been linked to diplomatic missions. We look into network effects and find that network position matters for recipients of high-level diplomatic missions. In short, being central – either regionally or globally – leads to increased numbers of diplomatic missons.