Department of Political Science
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Christopher Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell

Office — Monroe Hall Rm 402

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Major — Comparative Politics

Minor — International Relations

Current Research

Political Economy of Finance, Political Economy of Development, European Politics, Electoral System Design

My dissertation explores the politics surrounding the choice of policy instruments by states to respond to financial firm failure. This research contains both qualitative and quantitative components. Qualitative research focuses on comparative responses in the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany to the 2007-2009 financial crisis, with emphasis on why the United States and United Kingdom favored bank nationalization approaches which imposed costs on bank shareholders, while Germany favored policies which preserved private ownership and insulated bank shareholders and creditors from losses. Quantitative research expands the scope to advanced economies from 1972 to present. Focus is centered on how organization of financial interests along competitive or coordinated lines affects the political strength of failing firms, and thus the policy choices of states.


M.A., Boston College, 2006

B.A., Middlebury College, 2001

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Past work experience in the public and non-profit sectors include work as a Congressional staffer, at the World Bank, and the United Nations Foundation. Private sector experience includes time in mortgage services and financial advising. Previous academic work includes work on paramilitary movements in inter-war Europe and on the economics of the developing world.


Dissertation Title: Saving The Market From Itself: Bailouts, Nationalizations, and the Politics of Financial Intervention
Committee: Harvey Feigenbaum (chair), Susan Sell, Emmanuel Teitelbaum