My main fields of interest are comparative political economy and authoritarian politics. I'm currently working of a book manuscript with Joseph Wright (Penn State University), Foreign Pressure and the Politics of Authoritarian Survival, in which we analyze how international pressure -in the form of foreign aid conditionality, economic sanctions, shaming campaigns, prosecutions and military interventions - influence domestic politics in authoritarian countries, namely, the likelihood of ruler and regime change.
My research has been published in the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Peace Research, International Studies Quarterly, Democratization, International Political Science Review, European Journal of Political Research, Constitutional Political Economy, Kyklos, among others.
- Comparative polítics.
- Authoritarian politics: institutions, survival, and repression.
- Foreign policy tools for dealing with dictatorships: aid, sanctions, prosecutions, military interventions.
- Political Economy of conflict and development.
Escribà-Folch, Abel. Forthcoming. "Repression, Political Threats, and Survival under Autocracy." International Political Science Review.
Escribà-Folch, Abel. 2013. "Accountable for What? Regime Types, Performance, and the Fate of Outgoing Dictators, 1946-2004." Democratization, 20 (1): 160-185.
Escribà-Folch, Abel. 2012. "Authoritarian Responses to Foreign Pressure: Spending, Repression, and Sanctions." Comparative Political Studies, 45(6): 683-713.
Wright, Joseph and Abel Escribà-Folch. 2012. "Authoritarian Institutions and Regime Survival: Transitions to Democracy and Subsequent Autocracies." British Journal of Political Science, 42(2): 283-309.
Meseguer, Covadonga and Abel Escribà-Folch. 2011. "Learning, Political Regimes and the Liberalization of Trade." European Journal of Political Research, 50 (6): 775-810.
Escribà-Folch, Abel. 2011. "Group Strength, Accountability and Growth under Dictatorship." International Political Science Review, 32 (1): 5-22.
Escribà-Folch. Abel. 2010. "Autocrats' Modes of Exit, Rents, and Crisis in Africa." African Journal of Political Science and International Relations, 4 (7): 272-283.
Escribà-Folch, Abel and Joseph G. Wright. 2010. "Dealing with Tyranny: International Sanctions and the Survival of Authoritarian rulers." International Studies Quarterly, 54 (2): 335-359.
Escribà-Folch, Abel. 2010. "Economic Sanctions and the Duration of Civil Conflicts." Journal of Peace Research, 47 (2): 129-141.
Escribà-Folch, Abel. 2009. "Do Authoritarian Institutions Mobilize Economic Cooperation?" Constitutional Political Economy, 20 (1): 71-93.
Escribà-Folch, Abel. 2008. "Maten al León. El Castigo a los Dictadores Salientes." Revista Mexicana de Sociología, 70 (3): 425-456.
Escribà-Folch, Abel. 2008. "Risky Participation: Riots and Demonstrations under Dictatorial Regimes." DADOS- Revista de Ciências Sociais, 51 (3): 719-750.
Escribà-Folch, Abel. 2007. "Economic Growth and Potential Punishment under Dictatorship." Kyklos, 60 (2): 187-210.