​​Book Manuscript: Extracting Money, Shaping States


One of the major challenges for the advancement of democratic governance in Africa is that ruling parties regularly extract money from the state to fund their electoral campaigns and gain political advantages over their opponents. But how, and with what consequences, do party leaders control and access state funds to finance their political operations? "Extraction Money, Shaping States" explains how incumbent leaders extract money from the state in different ways depending on the political party institutions that surround them. Different modes of extraction, in turn, shape patterns of state politicization and, more broadly, the ability of state institutions to effectively implement public policies.

Journal Articles

"Oiling the Bureaucracy: Political Spending, Bureaucrats and the Resource Curse" (with Adam Harris, Jan Meyer-Sahling, Christian Schuster and Kim Sass Mikkelsen)​. 2020. World Development 127.

"Information, Accountability and Public Sector Programme Success: A Conjoint Experiment Among Bureaucrats in Africa" (with Adam Harris and Brigitte Seim). 2019. Development Policy Review, ​early online.

​"Democracy for All: Conceptualizing and Measuring Egalitarian Democracy" (with Staffan I. Lindberg). 2019. Political Science Research and Methods 7(3): 595-612.

"State of the World 2017: Autocratization and Exclusion?" (with Anna Luhrmann et al). 2018. Democratization ​25(8): 1321-1340. 

Book Chapters

"Neopatrimonialism and Democracy" (with Staffan I. Lindberg). 2019. The Routledge Handbook of Democratization in Africa. Gabrielle Lynch and Peter VonDoepp, eds. Routledge.

"Election Security and Democratic Civil Military Relations in Ghana." Forthcoming in The Routledge Handbook of Civil Military Relations. Thomas Bruneau, Carolyn Halladay and Cris Matei, eds. Routledge.

Revise and Resubmit

"Which Jobs for Which Boys? Patronage for Political Finance

  • Honorable Mention for African Politics Conference Group Best Graduate Student Paper, 2015.

Leviathan’s Latent Dimensions: Measuring State Capacity for Comparative Political Research” (with Jonathan Hanson)


Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Dataset & Codebook v6, v7, v8, v9 (with Michael Coppedge et. al) 

State Capacity Dataset v0.9 (with Jonathan Hanson) 

Policy Papers and Analysis

Understanding U.S. Influence & Levers of Power in AFRICOM Countries. Report prepared for U.S. Africa Command (with Emily Meierding, Dean Allen, Eric Beebe, Andrew Bergman, Brian Dunn, Jason Hotalen, Eric Hovey, John Mahaney, Michael Skarda, Norman Wilson, Matthew Yan). Naval Postgraduate School, December 2019. Coming soon

Will ‘Ghana First’ Protests Threaten a U.S. Military Agreement?” Washington PostMonkey Cage Blog, April 3, 2018

Civil service management practices for a more motivated, committed and ethical public service in Ghana” (with Valeriya Mechkova, Christian Schuster, Jan Meyer Sahling and Kim Sass Mikkelsen). Report prepared for the Ghana Public Services Commission, January 2018 

Other Academic Publications

Book Review: States in the Developing World edited by Miguel Centeno, Atul Kohli, Deborah Yashar with Dinsha Mistree. 2018. Perspectives on Politics 16(3): 866-868.

New Perspectives on States and Regimes” Newsletter of the APSA-Comparative Democratization Section, Winter 2017 

Rethinking Brokers in Distributive Politics” Newsletter of the African Politics Conference Group, February 2015 (with Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai)

Working/In Progress

“Defensive Technocracy: Minister Appointments and Government Performance in Africa
     Last presented: APSA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC August 2019

“State Capacity and World Bank Project Success” (with Jonathan Hanson)
            Last presented: APSA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC August 2019

“Distributive Inequality and Autocratization” (with Julia Leininger and Anna Lührmann)
            Last Presented: APSA Annual Meeting, Washington DC, August 2019

“Beyond Sequencing: State Capacity Types and Regime Outcomes” (with Steven Lloyd Wilson)
            Last presented: V-Dem Institute Conference, Gothenburg, May 2017 

“Continuity and Change in Ghana’s Public Service” (with Daniel Appiah and Emmanuel Kojo Sakyi)
            Last presented: Quality of Government Institute Internal Conference, Gothenburg, January 2017

Rachel Sigman