Dr. Viola Lucas


  • Short CV

    • 09/2017: Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award, Global State Revenues and Expenditures (GSRE) Data Set

    • Since 11/2015: Associate at GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    • 09/2013 - 12/2013: Visiting Scholar at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada

    • 01/2011 - 10/2015: Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

    • Education: International Economics (Diplom)and Political Sciences (Magister) at the University of Tuebingen, Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo,US) and Sciences Po (Paris, France)

    Current Research

    • Fiscal/public policy and state budgets

    • Resilience of authoritarian rule

    • Political and non-political violence

    • Economic development , modernization and transformation theory

    Countries and Regions

    • Middle East

    • Nepal

    Research Programmes


    • The Effects of Autocracies on Governance


    • Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award 2017

    Dr. Viola Lucas



    Informationen zur politischen Bildung: Naher Osten | 12/2016

    Arbeitsmarktpolitik im Golfkooperationsrat (GCC)

    Dr. Thomas Richter

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    Dataset | 2016

    Replication Data for: State Hydrocarbon Rents, Authoritarian Survival and the Onset of Democracy: Evidence from a New Dataset

    Data and stata code for replication of results in the main text and the supplementary material for: Lucas, Viola, and Thomas Richter (2016), State hydrocarbon rents, authoritarian survival and the…


    Dr. Thomas Richter

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    Dataset | 2016

    GSRE 1.0 - Global State Revenues and Expenditures Dataset

    The GSRE 1.0 dataset is based on recently released historical documents from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and improves the coverage and accuracy of state budget data for most authoritarian regimes…


    Dr. Thomas Richter

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    Wirtschaftshandbuch Asien-Pazifik | 2016


    Speaker | 28/09/2018

    Patronage, Verteilungskoalitionen und fiskalische Anpassung: Ein Vergleich unterschiedlicher autoritärer Regimetype

    German Political Science Association Osnabrück: 28/09/2018

    Speaker | 05/06/2015

    Spending versus Taxation in Petro-Autocracies: Exploring Mechanisms of Mass-Cooptation

    Workshop 05/06/2015

    Speaker | 27/09/2012

    Do Different Autocracies Spend Differently? An Empirical Investigation of Social Welfare Expenditures

    Conference 27/09/2012


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