The Economic Origins of the Territorial State  (2016)  International Organization

The Historical Origins of Territorial Claims  (2016)  The American Political Science Review  (with David Carter)

Time is Power: The Non-Institutional Sources of Stability in Autocracies  (2016)  The Journal of Politics  (with Carlos Velasco-Rivera)

Working Papers 

Endogenous Parliaments: Urban Agglomeration, Technological Accumulation, and the Deep Roots of Executive Constraints in Europe  w/ Carles Boix 

Parliaments, War, & Commerce  w/ Carles Boix

An Institutional Common Score of National Constitutions  w/ Michael Barber (Under Review)

The Economic Effects of Leaders' Economic Interests: Evidence from Election By Lot in the Florentine Republic. 

The Resource Curse in the Long-Run: Evidence From European Coal Mining Regions in the 19th Century  w/ Elena Esposito  

Conflict, Cooperation, and Exit: a Mechanism Design Approach to the Origins of the State  w/ Jee Seon Jeon

Scaling the Founding: Identifying Latent Dimensions in the American Colonial Constitutions w/ Michael Barber and Jeremey Pope. 

Systemic Uncertainty and the Emergence of Border Disputes w/ David Carter

Book Project:                Production, Predation, and the Origins of the Territorial State


Ernst Haas Best Dissertation Award from the APSA European Politics and Society Section - 2015

The Society for Political Methodology Best Poster Award - 2013

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester.  I was previously a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute.  I received my PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University in 2015.  You can contact me at

Scott F Abramson