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Dr. Michelle D'Arcy

Assistant Professor (Political Science)

 Credible Enforcement before Credible Commitment:Exploring the Consequences of Institutional Sequencing
 Do Local Elections Foster Local Democracy? - Party Strategies in the First Elections at the Country Level in Kenya

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Development Studies Association of Ireland Editorial Advisory Board 2014
Member of the American Political Science Association 2009
Big Men and Poor Voters: Political Corruption and Elections in Kenya in, editor(s)Inge Amundsen , Political Corruption and Development. Extraction, Power Preservation and Donor Responses, Edward Elgar, 2019, [Michelle D'Arcy], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Devolution and County Government in Kenya in, editor(s)N. Cheeseman, K. Kanyinga and G. Lynch , The Oxford Handbook on Kenyan Politics, Oxford University Press, 2018, pp100 - 120, [Michelle D'Arcy], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Getting to Sweden: The Origins of High Tax Compliance in the Swedish Tax State in, editor(s)Sven Steinmo , Leap of Faith: the historical and institutional roots of tax compliance, Oxford University Press, 2018, pp30 - 45, [Marina Nistotskaya and Michelle D'Arcy], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
The Irish Tax State and Historical Legacies: Slowly converging capacity, persistent unwillingness to pay in, editor(s)Douglas Kanter and Patrick Walsh , Taxation, Politics, and Protest in Ireland, 1662-2016, Plagrave Macmillan, 2018, [Michelle D'Arcy and Marina Nistotskaya], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Michelle D'Arcy and Marina Nistotskaya, The Early Modern Origins of Contemporary European Tax Outcomes, European Journal of Political Research, 57, (1), 2018, p47 - 67, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Michelle D'Arcy and Marina Nistotskaya, State First, then Democracy: Using Cadastral Records to Explain Governmental Performance in Public Goods Provision, Governance, 30 (2), 193-209, (2), 2017, p193 - 209, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Michelle D'Arcy and Agnes Cornell, Devolution and Corruption in Kenya: Everyone's Turn to Eat?, African Affairs, 115, (459), 2016, p246 - 273, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Rulers and their Elite Rivals: How democratization has increased incentives for corruption in sub-Saharan Africa in, editor(s)Carl Dahlström and Lena Wängnerud , Elites, Institutions, and the Quality of Government, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, [Michelle D'Arcy], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Agnes Cornell & Michelle D'Arcy, Plus ça Change? ­County Level Politics after Devolution, Journal of East African Studies, 8 , (1), 2014, p173 - 191, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
D'Arcy, Michelle, Non-state actors and universal services in Tanzania and Lesotho: state-building by alliance, Journal of Modern African Studies, 51, (2), 2013, p219 - 247, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Agnes Cornell & Michelle D'Arcy, Devolution and Development in Kenya, International Centre for Local Democracy Working Paper series, 2014, Report, PRODUCED


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Political Science Association of Ireland Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 2016
Provost's Teaching Award 2016
My research tries to understand the conditions under which political order, democracy and welfare maximizing institutions emerge. In particular, I investigates the relationship between democracy and state-building in two contexts: in the historical evolution of Western states, and in contemporary African countries. I use both qualitative methods, to build theory, and quantitative methods, to test theory, and address my work to debates in political economy, international development and political science.