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Abel Escribà Folch

Abel Escribà Folch_foto

Senior Research Associate, IBEI

Associate Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra


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.


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 interests

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

IBEI Research Clusters

Selected publications

  • Choulis, Ioannis; Escribà-Folch, Abel; Mehrl, Marius

    2024.Preventing Dissent: Secret Police and Protests in Dictatorships.The Journal of Politics,LinkLogo open access
  • Mehrl, Marius; Escribà-Folch, Abel

    2023.The dictator’s legionnaires: foreign recruitment, coups, and uprisings.Democratization,DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2023.2277283LinkLogo open access
  • Timoneda, Joan C.; Escribà-Folch, Abel; Chin, John

    2023.The Rush to Personalize: Power Concentration after Failed Coups in Dictatorships.British Journal of Political Science,1-24LinkLogo open access
  • Ioannis, Choulis; Mehrl, Marius; Escribà-Folch, Abel; Böhmelt, Tobias

    2023.How Mechanization Shapes Coups.Comparative Political Studies,56(2):267–296LinkLogo open access
  • Krcmaric, Daniel; Escribà-Folch, Abel

    2022.I’ll Be Back? Exiled Leaders and Political Instability.Journal of Conflict Resolution,Online First:1-26Link
  • Chin, John; Escribà-Folch, Abel; Song, Wonjun; Wright, Joseph

    2022.Reshaping the Threat Environment: Personalism, Coups, and Assassinations.Comparative Political Studies,doi:10.1177/00104140211024287Link
  • Escribà-Folch, Abel; Wright, Joseph; Meseguer, Covadonga

    2022.Migration and Democracy: How Remittances Undermine Dictatorships.Princeton University Press.Link
  • Escribà-Folch, Abel; Muradova, Lala; Rodon, Toni

    2021.The Effects of Autocratic Characteristics on Public Opinion towards Democracy Promotion Policies: A Conjoint Analysis.Foreign Policy Analysis,17 (1):140-161LinkLogo open access
  • Escribà-Folch, Abel; Böhmelt, Tobias; Pilster, Ulrich

    2019.Authoritarian Regimes and Civil-Military Relations: Explaining Counterbalancing in Autocracies.Conflict Management and Peace Science,Link
  • Balcells, Laia; Daniels, Lesley AnnEscribà-Folch, Abel

    2016.The determinants of low-intensity intergroup violence: The case of Northern Ireland.Journal of Peace Research,53 (1):33-48LinkLogo open access
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