Furst Associate Professor of Management Philosophy and Values
School of Business and Travers Department of Political Science
of California, Berkeley
Berkeley Center for Political Economy (BCEP)
I am primarily interested in
Political Economy issues.
My research focuses on the intersection between
Economics and Politics, with an emphasis on phenomena like political
influence, corruption, social conflict, and the qualities and behavior of
politicians and public servants.
In my papers I have investigated
issues linking coercion with political influence, and the performance of
democratic institutions. In particular, I have studied the corruptibility
of committees, and how voting rules may be used to attain commitment in
policymaking without renouncing flexibility. I have also explored, from a
theoretical point of view, the problem of how economics may affect social
and political conflict. Empirical projects of mine have focused on the
connection between corruption and the inefficiency of firms, institutional
determinants of politician performance, and the self-perpetuation of
Most of my teaching takes place
in the MBA program at Haas, where I teach Ethics,
and in the BPP PhD program where I teach courses on political institutions
and public policy, as well as on corporate strategy.