Research

My research focuses on institutional and policy choices in democracies and how these choices affect democratic performance and sustainability. This interest extends across two subfields – comparative politics and public policy. The questions within each of these strands of research reflect fundamental problems that all democracies confront. The first strand of my research considers how democracies confront cooperation and coordination dilemmas in public policy delivery. The second strand of my research examines institutional choices that enhance the stability of democratic regimes.

Books

2017. Charles Barrilleaux, Christopher Reenock and Mark Souva. Democratic Policymaking: An Analytic Approach. Cambridge University Press. Amazon

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Refereed Articles

2017. “Policy Geography and Environmental Risk,” with David Konisky. Policy Studies JournalPDF

2013. David Konisky and Christopher Reenock. “Examining Sources of Regulatory Compliance Bias in Policy Implementation.” Journal of Politics. 75(2):506-519. PDF

2013. Christopher Reenock, Jeffrey Staton and Marius Radean. “Legal Institutions and Democratic Survival.” Journal of Politics. 75(2):491-505. PDF

2013. David Konisky and Christopher Reenock. “Case Selection in Public Management Research: Problems and Solutions.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 23(2):361-393. PDF

2010. Jeffrey Staton and Christopher Reenock. “Substitutable Protections: Socioeconomic Insulation and Credible Commitment Devices.” Political Research Quarterly 63(1):115-128. PDF

2009.Sarah Poggione and Christopher Reenock. “Political Insulation and Legislative Interventions: The Impact of Ex Ante Rule Review on Legislators’ Tactics of Bureaucratic Intervention.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 9(4). PDF

2008. Christopher Reenock and Brian Gerber. “Information Exchange and Interest Group Enfranchisement through Agency Design.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 18(3):415-440. PDF

2007. Christopher Reenock, Michael Bernhard and David Sobek. “Regressive Socioeconomic Distribution and Democratic Survival.” International Studies Quarterly. 51(3):677-699. PDF

2004. Michael Berkman and Christopher Reenock. “Incremental Consolidation and Comprehensive Reorganization of American State Executive Branches.” American Journal of Political Science 48(4):796- 812. PDF

2004. Christopher Reenock and Sarah Poggione. “Bureaucratic Control by Design: Explaining State Legislators’ Willingness to Use Ex Ante Tactics in Air Pollution Control.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 29(3):383-406. PDF

2004. Michael Bernhard, Christopher Reenock and Timothy Nordstrom. “The Legacy of Western Overseas Colonialism on Democratic Survival.” International Studies Quarterly 48(1):225-250. PDF

2003. Michael Bernhard, Christopher Reenock and Timothy Nordstrom. “Economic Performance and Survival in New Democracies: Is There a Honeymoon Effect?” Comparative Political Studies 36(4):404- 431. PDF

2001. Michael Bernhard, Timothy Nordstrom and Christopher Reenock. “Economic Performance, Institutional Intermediation, and Democratic Survival.” The Journal of Politics 63(3):775-803. PDF

1999. Robert E. O’Connor, Brent Yarnal, Rob Neff, Richard Bord, Nancy Wiefek, Christopher Reenock, Robin Shudak, Christine L. Jocoy, Peter Pascale, and C. Gregory Knight. “Weather and Climate Extremes, Climate Change, and Planning: Views of Community Water System Managers in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River Basin.” Journal of the American Water Resources Association 35(6):1411-1419. PDF

Book Chapters and Other Publications

2015. David Konisky and Christopher Reenock. “Evaluating Fairness in Environmental Regulatory Enforcement.” In David Konisky (Eds.) A False Promise of Justice? Evaluating the Federal Government’s Response to Environmental Inequity. Cambridge: MIT Press. PDF

1999. April Major and Christopher Reenock. 1999. “Building Computer Connectivity in the Legal Information Infrastructure of Bosnia.” Peaceworks: Journal of the United States Institute of Peace 32:18-21. PDF

In Development

“Independent Courts are not Insurance Policies: The Politics of Judicial Purges.” with Jeffrey Staton.
“Data collection — NGO Membership to the UN ECOSOC Committee 1947-2012. with Jillienne Haglund.
“Data collection — Party System Institutionalization in the World, 1950-2012.” With Michael Bernhard.
“Independent Courts are not Insurance Policies: The Politics of Judicial Purges.” with Jeffrey Staton.
“Institutional Subsystems and Democratic Survival.” with Michael Bernhard and Allen Hicken.
“Thickening of Democratic Indicators.” with Michael Bernhard and Jan Teorell.
“Judicial Review and Human Rights.” with Jordan Holsinger and Jeffrey Staton