Professor Gregg Johnson Publishes Article


Professor Gregg Johnson investigated the power of the citizenry to hold elected officials accountable for their time in office in his article published in the latest Winter 2010 issue of the journal Latin American Politics and Society.  His article, "Repudiating or Rewarding Neoliberalism? How Broken Campaign Promises Condition Economic Voting in Latin America,"  examined why voters reward or punish incumbent governments.  The article suggests that economic voting is conditioned by the breaking and keeping of campaign promises.  Using data from nearly 80 presidential elections from across Latin America, the study finds substantial evidence that broken promises exacerbate the consequences of poor economic performance, while magnifying the benefits of good economic performance.  This article was co-authored with Professor Johnson's former graduate student Dr. Sooh-Rhee Ryu, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford.


Professor Johnson teaches courses in the fields of comparative politics and political methodology.  His research agenda focuses on how political institutions (e.g. congressional committees, presidential power, etc.) affect elite and mass behaviors in Latin America, the United States, and in other democracies.