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Doctoral StudentComparative Politics
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Kharis’s research interests include democratization, political parties and elections, and party system development in new democracies. His dissertation research looks at the origins and evolution of dominant party systems, which combine regular electoral contestation for power with an absence of party turnover in government. The project draws on an analysis of nearly 700 ruling party cases to establish two key findings:
In addition to the dissertation, Kharis is also doing research on institutional design for divided societies (with Joel Selway) and on the politics of asymmetric defense alliances (with Gary Uzoni). A paper on the first topic is forthcoming at Comparative Political Studies.
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