Dr. Viola Lucas

Former Associate

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, Comparative Politics Section, APSA, 2017

    Dr. Viola Lucas

    Former Associate

    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…


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    The GSRE 1.0 dataset is based on recently released historical documents from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and improves the coverage and accuracy of state budget data for most authoritarian regimes…


    German Political Science Association | 28/09/2018

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

    Organiser: German Political Science Association Dr. Thomas Richter (Speaker), Ferdinand Eibl (Speaker), Dr. Viola Lucas (Speaker)

    Workshop | 05/06/2015

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

    The International Dimensions of Authoritarian Rule, London Organisers: King’s College London Dr. Thomas Richter (Speaker), Dr. Viola Lucas (Speaker)

    Conference | 24/09/2012 - 28/09/2012

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

    Wissenschaftlicher Kongress der Deutschen Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Tübingen Organisers: German Political Science Association Dr. Thomas Richter (Speaker), Ferdinand Eibl (Speaker), Dr. Viola Lucas (Speaker)


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