Ian R. Turner
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Yale University


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Contact Information
Yale University
Department of Political Science
P.O. Box 208301
New Haven, CT 06520-8301

E-mail: ian.turner@yale.edu
Office: A103, ISPS, 77 Prospect Street



I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science, a Resident Fellow in the Institution of Social and Policy Studies and the Center for the Study of American Politics, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy at Yale University. Prior to joining the Yale faculty I was an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Co-director of the Political Institutions/Political Behavior Research Program at Texas A&M University. I received my PhD in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, where I was a fellow in the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2011-2014) and a graduate associate for the Center for Empirical Research in the Law (CERL).

My research focuses primarily on American political institutions and democratic accountability. In particular, my work examines interactions within the executive branch --- e.g., the President and bureaucracy --- as well as between the executive and other institutions --- e.g., courts, Congress, and interest groups. My main project studies how institutions such as executive and judicial review impact the incentives for bureaucratic agencies to more effectively craft and implement public policy, and provides insight into how one might design institutions to foster this behavior. Another major project studies how interest group lobbying and campaign finance structures policymaking incentives, informational dynamics, and political agendas. I am also generally interested in political economy, formal political theory, and public administration, management, and policy.

For more information on my work check out my CV, the papers listed below, or my SSRN page.


Research

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • "Allies or Commitment Devices? A Model of Appointments to the Federal Reserve," (with Keith Schnakenberg and Alicia Uribe). 2017. Economics & Politics 29(2): 118-132.
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  • "Working Smart and Hard? Agency Effort, Judicial Review, and Policy Precision." 2017. Journal of Theoretical Politics 29(1): 69-96.
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Working Papers

  • "Legislative Capacity and Credit Risk," (with David Fortunato). Conditionally accepted, American Journal of Political Science.
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  • "Political Agency, Oversight, and Bias: The Instrumental Value of Politicized Policymaking." R&R at Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization.
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  • "Ex Post Review and Expert Policymaking: When Does Oversight Reduce Accountability?" (with John W. Patty). R&R at Journal of Politics.
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  • "Signaling with Reform: How the Threat of Corruption Prevents Informed Policymaking," (with Keith Schnakenberg). R&R at American Journal of Political Science.
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  • "Helping Friends or Influencing Foes: Electoral and Policy Effects of Campaign Finance Contributions," (with Keith Schnakenberg). Under review.
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  • "Reviewing Procedure vs. Judging Substance: The Scope of Review and Bureaucratic Policymaking.'' Under review.
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Book Chapters




Teaching

Yale University



  • Formal Models of Accountability & Representation (Graduate Seminar, Spring 2018)

    PLSC 836 Syllabus


Texas A&M University




Washington University in St. Louis

  • American Politics (Undergraduate, Summer 2014)

    Syllabus