David M. Primo

Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor

Associate Professor of Political Science and Business Administration

Director of Graduate Studies, Political Science

University of Rochester

Dept. of Political Science

Harkness Hall 318

Rochester, NY 14627-0146

585.273.4779

Fax 585.271.1616

david.primo@rochester.edu

 

 

Vita (updated July 2014)

 

Congressional Testimony, July 24, 2014

US House Judiciary Committee Hearing

Constitutional Solutions to Our Escalating National Debt:  Examining Balanced Budget Amendments

Written Testimony

Written Testimony with Appendices
Hearing Website (with links to all witnesses’ testimony)

Hearing Webcast:  Part 1 and Part 2

 

New Papers (Summer 2014)

Corporate Social Responsibility

Using Item Response Theory to Improve Measurement in Strategic Management Research: An Application to Corporate Social Responsibility  (with Rob Carroll and Brian Richter)

 

Corporate Disclosure of Political Spending

Risky Business?  Corporate Political Spending, Shareholder Approval, and Stock Volatility (with Saumya Prabhat)

Related NYT Op-ed:  Against Disclosure

 

Political Appointments

A Dynamic Model of Political Appointments (with Jinhee Jo and Yoji Sekiya)

 

Other Recent Research

Campaign Finance Disclosure Laws

Policy Report: Full Disclosure:  How Campaign Disclosure Laws Fail to Inform Voters and Stifle Public Debate

Forbes Op-ed: It’s Time to Bring Some Sanity to Campaign Finance Laws

Academic Paper:   Information at the Margin:  Campaign Finance Disclosure Laws, Ballot Issues, and Voter Knowledge

 

2012 and 2013 Op-eds

Against Disclosure, a New York Times op-ed on corporate disclosure  
Public Financing No Cure-all, an Albany Times-Union op-ed reacting to the Moreland Commission Report

Campaign Finance Disclosure Has Costs, a Roll Call op-ed on campaign finance disclosure and congress

New Jersey Least Corrupt? Ha, Ha, a Wall Street Journal op-ed on measuring corruption

Overcoming ‘Physics Envy,’ a New York Times op-ed based on my book A Model Discipline

Obama’s Budget Blind Spot, a Los Angeles Times op-ed on the federal budget

 

Books

 

A Model Discipline:

Political Science and the Logic of Representations

Co-authored with Kevin A. Clarke

2012, Oxford University Press

 

Read the New York Times op-ed based on the book

 

 
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Rules and Restraint:

Government Spending and the Design of Institutions

2007, University of Chicago Press

Winner, 2008 Alan Rosenthal Prize, APSA Legislative Studies Section

            Related Op-eds

            Short-Term Budget Thinking by Rs and Ds (RealClearMarkets.com)

            Define Radical:  Pros and Cons of Ryan Plan (RealClearMarkets.com)

            Constitution Is Only Way to Cut U.S. Deficit (Bloomberg News)

            Time for a New Constitutional Convention? (Roll Call)      

 
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The Plane Truth:

Airline Crashes, the Media, and Transportation Policy

With Roger W. Cobb, Brookings Institution Press, 2003

Featured on NBC’s Today Show, December 22, 2005

Related Publication: Op-ed in USA Today on the politics of airline safety

 

 
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Selected Published Articles

 

Bankruptcy Law, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Performance

            Entrepreneurship Research Journal, 2011, with Bill Green

 

Party Strength, the Personal Vote, and Government Spending

            American Journal of Political Science, April 2010, with Jim Snyder

 

The Effect of Initiatives on Local Government Spending

            Journal of Theoretical Politics, January 2010 (e-mail me for pdf of published article)

 

Who Consents?  Competing Pivots in Federal Judicial Selection

            American Journal of Political Science, July 2008,

            with Sarah Binder and Forrest Maltzman

 

Distributive Politics and the Law of 1/n

Journal of Politics, April 2008, with Jim Snyder

 

Modernizing Political Science:  A Model-Based Approach

Perspectives on Politics, December 2007, with Kevin Clarke

 

Estimating the Impact of State Policies and Institutions with Mixed-Level Data

            State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Winter 2007, with Matt Jacobsmeier and Jeff Milyo

 

A Comment on Baron and Ferejohn (1989): The Open Rule Equilibrium and Coalition Formation 

Public Choice, January 2007

 

Stop Us Before We Spend Again:  Institutional Constraints on Government Spending

Economics & Politics, November 2006

 

Campaign Finance Laws and Political Efficacy:  Evidence From the States

Election Law Journal, March 2006, with Jeff Milyo

Related Publication: Op-ed in Roll Call

           

Rethinking Political Bargaining:  Policymaking With a Single Proposer

            Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, October 2002

 

Budgetary Reform and Formal Modeling:  A Comment on Gabel and Hager

            Public Choice, October 2002

 

Public Opinion and Campaign Finance:  Reformers Versus Reality

            Independent Review, Fall 2002

 

Corporate PAC Campaign Contributions in Perspective

            Business and Politics, 2000, with Jeff Milyo and Tim Groseclose