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Nisha Bellinger publishes articles on politics, oil, food security

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Nisha Bellinger

Nisha Bellinger, an assistant professor of political science, recently published three new articles spanning her research on political parties in non-democratic countries, oil revenue and health, as well as food security and domestic terrorism, respectively.

“Political parties and citizens’ well-being among non-democratic developing countries” was published in the June 17, 2020, edition of Party Politics, an international journal that analyzes the historical development, ideologies and roles of political parties. Bellinger examines the effect of party strength through information and capacity prisms, stating that stronger parties facilitate a two-way flow of information between citizens and political leaders about societal needs in non-democratic countries.

In the article “When Does Oil Harm Child Mortality?”, Bellinger and co-author Matthew D. Fails analyze the effect of oil wealth on child mortality rates in nondemocratic countries. They claim that oil is particularly likely to harm child mortality when leaders have short time horizons and are more likely to use oil revenues to finance private goods and patronage rather than public goods that benefit the broader population. The article appeared in the June 15, 2020, edition of Political Research Quarterly.

Bellinger also published “Domestic terrorism in the developing world: role of food security”, which explores the root causes of terrorism by assessing the effect of food security on domestic terrorism in developing countries. Co-authored with Kyle Kattelman, the article can be found in the 2020 edition of the Journal of International Relations and Development.