I am lecturer at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute (GSI) for Political Science at the University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität). My main research line is on the methodology of social sciences, with substantial contributions in public administration, public policy and international relations. I have worked in the fields of global governance, the diffusion of policies and institutions and the processes of development of regulatory agencies. I work also on Internet and e-Government diffusion and other related aspects of the public management of the Information Society.
I have been senior researcher at ESADE Business School working on entrepreneurial roles of end users to shape a green European economy, assistant professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration of the University of Konstanz, research fellow at ESADEgeo (Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics) working on the determinants of the cooperation amongst countries and Global Governance, and "Juan de la Cierva" post-doc research fellow at IBEI (Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals) from 2009 until 2011 working on the diffusion of regulatory institutions and the accountability of regulatory agencies.
I maintain a blog aimed at Bridging science, social science, research tools and methods to learn about the governance of the world.
I have been involved in the organization of the Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance in January 2013 and 2014, in the organizing committee of the Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance in Barcelona in 2014, and in the organizing team of the conference Finding Thetas in Europe in Bern in 2012.
Research Publications and Papers
List of publications in peer-reviewed journals and some research papers presented in Conferences, sorted by date of publication.
Policy Sciences (2016)
Rule growth and government effectiveness: why it takes the capacity to learn and coordinate to constrain rule growth, with Christian Adam and Christoph Knill at Policy Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.18637/jss.v070.i09. Online supplementary material. Awarded with the Bureaucracy Research Price of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (2017).
Journal of Statistical Software (2016)
Analysis of MCMC Samples and Bayesian Inference, at Journal of Statistical Software (2016). DOI: 10.18637/jss.v070.i09.
Regulation & Governance (2015)
Are Regulatory Agencies Independent in Practice? Evidence from Agency Board Members in Spain, with Andrea Bianculli and Jacint Jordana at Regulation & Governance (2015). DOI: 10.1111/rego.12084.
Contemporary Politics (2015)
The emergence of Regulatory Regionalism: transnational networks and the diffusion of regulatory agencies within regions, with Jacint Jordana at Contemporary Politics (2015). DOI: 10.1080/13569775.2015.1010776. Online supplementary material.
Frontiers in Psychology (2015)
EI Competencies as Related but Different Characteristic than Intelligence, with Richard E. Boyatzis, Margarida Trüninger and Joan Manuel Batista Foguet at Frontiers in Psychology (2015), Volume 6, Number 62. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00072.
Journal of Management and Sustainability (2015)
Managing by Sustainable Innovational Values (MSIV): An Asymmetrical Culture Reengineering Model of Values Embedding User Innovators and User Entrepreneurs, with Joao Brillo, Kristine Marin Kawamura and Simon L. Dolan at Journal of Management and Sustainability (2015), Volume 5, Number 3. DOI: 10.5539/jms.v5n3p61.
Edited book: Accountability and Regulatory Governance (2015)
Accountability and Regulatory Governance: Audiences, Controls and Responsibilities in the Politics of Regulation, edited with Andrea Bianculli and Jacint Jordana and published by Palgrave (2015).
Paper on administrative traditions 2015
The World of Regulatory Agencies: Institutional Varieties and Administrative Traditions, with Andrea Bianculli and Jacint Jordana. EPSA 2013 Annual General Conference Paper 786. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2225138, and as a Working Paper at the Jerusalem Papers on Regulation & Governance. (local copy in pdf).
Comparative Political Studies (2011)
The Global Diffusion of Regulatory Agencies: Channels of Transfer and Stages of Diffusion, with Jacint Jordana and David Levi-Faur. Published at Comparative Political Studies (2011), 44(10) 1343-1369. DOI: 10.1177/0010414011407466. (local copy in pdf). Get the reference.
Policy & Internet (2011)
The Impact of e-Government Promotion in Europe: Internet Dependence and Critical Mass, Policy & Internet: Vol. 3: Iss. 4, Article 2. DOI: 10.2202/1944-2866.1093 (local copy in pdf).
- "Electronic Publishing, Knowledge Sharing and Open Access: A New Environment for Political Science", with Mauro Calise and Rosanna de Rosa. Published at European Political Science (2010) 9, S50-S60. DOI: 10.1057/eps.2010.35. (pdf version).
- Application of a Bayesian state-space model for "polling the polls" described in Jackman 2005 to a multiparty system. Example and forecast of Catalan elections in 2012, Catalan elections in 2010 and Spanish elections in 2011 (in catalan).
- "Marco Cultural de Referencia y Participación electoral en Cataluña", in Revista Española de Ciencia Política, 2010. With Jaume López (in spanish). Application of Item-Response models to the estimation of an individual cultural frame, and its application to explain electoral participation in Catalonia.
- Impacte del Programari Lliure (GNU/Linux) a Catalunya: quants fan què?. Jornades de Programari Lliure, 2009 (in catalan).
- "Modelos de Administración Pública. Sirven los Servicios Públicos Electrónicos a la Administración o a los ciudadanos?", Administración & Cidadanía, vol 2, number 3, 2007 (in spanish)
- "Which Internet Policy? Assessing Regional Initiatives in Spain". The Information Society. Volume 21, number 5, november-december 2005. With Jacint Jordana, David Sancho and Yanina Welp.
- "Planificant la Societat de la Informació. Una anàlisi de les iniciatives impulsades per les Administracions Públiques a Espanya" (catalan), (Planning the Information Society. An analysis of the initiatives driven by the public administrations in Spain). 2003. Generalitat de Catalunya. With Jacint Jordana, David Sancho, Yanina Welp and Imma Puig. (local copy in pdf).
- "España y la sociedad de la información ¿Planes o políticas?" ("Spain and the Information Society, ¿Plans or Policies?"), Gestión y Análisis de Políticas Públicas, 26/27 (January - August 2003), with Yanina Welp
ORCID: 0000-0002-9522-8870 | Google Scholar: Citations and impact
- "Applied Policy Analysis - I" at the Master on Political Science at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science (University of Munich)
- "Applied Policy Analysis - II" at the Master on Political Science at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science (University of Munich)
- "Politics of Regulation" at the Master on Political Science at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science (University of Munich)
- "Analyzing Policy and Institutional Change" at the Master on Political Science at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science (University of Munich)
- "Bayesian Modelling" at the Summer School of Survey Methodology, Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology.
If you are in doubt between using SPSS or STATA for statistical analysis in social sciences, forget it. Try R. R is a fully programming language and offers great graphical facilities and is very well documented.
I maintain a webpage with resources to help to introduce R into the social sciences, that include some example scripits and how to start with the program.
Introductory documents and scripts to help with some techniques:
- Notes on logistic regression with stata
- R Program to calculate matrices of geographical distances and contiguity for data from gadm.org and other spatial polygons
I have developed the ggmcmc package for R.
ggmcmc is a suite of graphical tools for analyzing Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulations from Bayesian inference.
- Using the ggmcmc package: tutorial and documentation (HTML and PDF) of the package.
- ggmcmc's GitHub: development of the package.
- ggmcmc's CRAN: sources for the stable version and official R documentation for the package.
My Github account shows the projects in which I am involved, including maintaining the JAGS ebuild for Gentoo.
process_nici.zip (and description) is a python script that reads Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GS-MC) files and organizes samples, compounds and concentrations in a way that is easy to process later by statistical software.
I am member of the Foundation for Open Access Statistics, which promotes free software, open access publishing and reproducible research in statistics.
Links and Data Sources
- UNdata: access to data from the United Nations
- Penn World Table: International Comparisons
- World Bank: includes World Development Indicators, worldwide Governance Indicators
- IMF: Statistics from the IMF
- OECD statistics portal
- Correlates of War: Includes trade, territorial changes and spatial matrices, system membership, alliance
- Polcon: Political Constraint index, veto players
- Polity IV: Political Regime Characteristics and Transitions
- Regional Authority Index: authority of regional governments
- Eurostat: Information Society Indicators
- GADM: Global Administrative areas. Spatial files for subnational administrative regions
- Infochimps: search engine for data sets
- Data Market: search engine for data sets
- Factual: search engine for data sets
- International Studies Compendium Project list of datasets regarding International topics
- Database of Political Institutions, from the World Bank
- Comparative Political Data Sets, which aggregates data from several datasets.