Jablonski, Ryan

Dr Ryan Jablonski  


Position held

Assistant Professor of Political Science


Experience keywords:

clientelism; corruption; election violence; elections; experiments; foreign aid; international development; piracy; program evaluation; statistics; survey design

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Ryan's research focuses on political economy issues facing developing democracies, including the electoral politics of foreign aid and service delivery, voter accountability, and the political economy of electoral and criminal violence. He received his PhD and MA in political science from University of California, San Diego.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:


Countries and regions to which research relates:

East Africa; Kenya; Malawi; Somalia; Sub-Saharan Africa; Uganda

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press

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Buntaine, Mark T. and Jablonski, Ryan S. and Nielson, Daniel L. and Pickering, Paula M. (2018) SMS Texts on Corruption Help Ugandan Voters Hold Elected Councillors Accountable at the Polls. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. ISSN 0027-8424 (In Press)


Jablonski, Ryan S. and Oliver, Steven and Hastings, Justin V. (2017) The Tortuga disease: the perverse effects of illicit foreign capital International Studies Quarterly, 61 (2). 312-327. ISSN 0020-8833


Hafner-Burton, Emilie M. and Hyde, Susan D. and Jablonski, Ryan S. (2016) Surviving elections: election violence, incumbent victory, and post-election repercussions British Journal of Political Science. ISSN 0007-1234


Jablonski, Ryan S. (2015) The price of piracy in Somalia Africa at LSE (20 Apr 2015) Blog entry

Gibson, Clark C. and Hoffman, Barak D. and Jablonski, Ryan S. (2015) Did aid promote democracy in Africa?: the role of technical assistance in Africa’s transitions World Development, 68. 323-335. ISSN 0305-750X


Jablonski, Ryan S. and Oliver, Steven (2014) Captain Phillips and the causes of piracy Africa at LSE (26 Feb 2014) Blog entry

Jablonski, Ryan S. (2014) How aid targets votes: the impact of electoral incentives on foreign aid distribution World Politics, 66 (2). 293-330. ISSN 0043-8871

Hafner-Burton, Emilie M. and Hyde, Susan D. and Jablonski, Ryan S. (2014) When do governments resort to election violence? British Journal of Political Science, 44 (1). 149-179. ISSN 0007-1234


Jablonski, Ryan S. (2013) The effect of electoral politics on foreign aid spending doctoral thesis, University of California, San Diego

Jablonski, Ryan S. and Oliver, Steven (2013) The political economy of plunder: economic opportunity and modern piracy Journal of Conflict Resolution, 57 (4). 682-708. ISSN 1552-8766

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