Eric C.C. Chang

Department of Political Science
313 South Kedzie Hall
Michigan State University

Last modified: January 2011


I am an associate professor of Political Science at Michigan State University.  I study comparative political economy, political institutions, political corruption, and democratization.  More precisely, I focus on the economic consequences of electoral competition within different institutional contexts.  Electoral competition, as I argue, dictates politicians’ fiscal policy choices around elections, affects the flexibility of budgetary structures, and determines levels of political corruption.  Other research topics extending from this core theoretical framework include government spending, income inequality, and democratic consolidation.  I take an integrative approach to balance properly developed theoretical models and rigorously executed empirical designs.  I received my B.A. from National Taiwan University and Ph.D. from UCLA, and I teach graduate courses on political methodology, political economy of parties and elections, comparative political institutions, and undergraduate courses on Asian politics.


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