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Abel Escribà Folch

Abel Escribà Folch_foto

Senior Research Associate, IBEI

Associate Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Biography

Dr. Abel Escribà-Folch (1978, Catalunya) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Before that, and after earning his PhD. (2007), he was a Research Fellow at IBEI (2007-2009). He has also been a visiting researcher at New York University, the University of Sussex, and the University of Essex.  

He does research in comparative politics, comparative political economy, and authoritarian politics. In particular, he has an interest in authoritarian regimes survival and their institutions, how international pressure - such as foreign aid, economic sanctions, human rights prosecutions and military interventions - influences domestic politics in autocratic contexts, democratization, repression, and transitional justice.

His research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, International Studies Quarterly, Democratization, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Political Science Review, European Journal of Political Research, among others. He is also the co-author of the book, Foreign Pressure and the Politics of Autocratic Survival, published with Oxford University Press (2015), which won the 2017 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research.

Awards

2017. Stein Rokkan Prize 2017 for Comparative Social Science Research for the book Foreign Pressure and the Politics of Autocratic Survival. Link

2015. Honorable Mention 2015 Best Paper Award. Conflict Processes Section of the American Political Science Association. Paper: “Sectarian Violence in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland.”

2011Wildenmann Prize 2011 granted by the ECPR to the best paper presented at the 2010 Joint Sessions of Workshops in Munster (Germany). Paper: “Authoritarian Responses to Foreign Pressure: Spending, Repression, and Sanctions.” Link

Research

Research interests

  • Comparative politics
  • Authoritarian politics
  • Democratization
  • International factors and regime change

Selected publications

  • Escribà-Folch, Abel; Böhmelt, Tobias; Pilster, Ulrich

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    2019.Authoritarian Regimes and Civil-Military Relations: Explaining Counterbalancing in Autocracies.Conflict Management and Peace Science,Link
  • Böhmelt, Tobias; Escribà-Folch, Abel; Pilster, Ulrich

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    2019.Pitfalls of Professionalism? Military Academies and Coup Risk.Journal of Conflict Resolution,63 (5):1111-1139Link
  • Escribà-Folch, Abel; Meseguer, Covadonga; Wright, Joseph

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    2018.Remittances and Protest in Dictatorships.American Journal of Political Science,62 (4):889-904Link
  • Escribà-Folch, Abel; Krcmaric, Daniel

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    2017.Dictators in Exile: Explaining the Destinations of Ex-Rulers.Journal of Politics,79 (2):560-575Link
  • Escribà-Folch, Abel

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    2017.Foreign direct investment and the risk of regime transition in autocracies.Democratization,24 (1):61-80Link
  • Balcells, Laia; Daniels, Lesley AnnEscribà-Folch, Abel

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    2016.The determinants of low-intensity intergroup violence: The case of Northern Ireland.Journal of Peace Research,53 (1):33-48Link
  • Escribà-Folch, Abel; Wright, Joseph

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    2015.Foreign Pressure and the Politics of Autocratic Survival.Oxford:Oxford University Press.Link
  • Escribà-Folch, Abel; Wright, Joseph

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    2015.Human Rights Prosecutions and Autocratic Survival.International Organization,69 (2):343-373Link
  • Escribà-Folch, Abel; Meseguer, Covadonga; Wright, Joseph

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    2015.Remittances and Democratization.International Studies Quarterly,59 (3):571-586Link
  • Escribà-Folch, Abel

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    2012.Authoritarian Responses to Foreign Pressure: Spending, Repression, and Sanctions.Comparative Political Studies,45 (6):683-713Link