Democratic Erosion

a cross-university collaboration

Graeme Blair

Instructor, UCLA


Graeme is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at UCLA. He is teaching a unit on democratic erosion as part of UCLA’s introduction to comparative politics course. Graeme studies comparative politics with a focus on West Africa as well as experimental methodology. His book project asks why groups living near valuable assets like oil fields are often able to force the state to make policy concessions. Graeme also studies why civilians support armed groups through survey research in Afghanistan, Mexico, Nigeria, and Pakistan, and he has developed new experimental methods for sensitive survey questions. His work appears in the American Political Science Review and other journals and won the 2016 Leamer-Rosenthal Prize for Open Social Science and the 2013 Pi Sigma Alpha Award for best paper from the Midwest Political Science Association.