Alan Michael Jacobs

Professor

Research Classification

Social Organization and Political Systems

Research Interests

Political economy
Public Policy
public opinion
economic inequality
Research Methodology

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Research Methodology

Case Studies
process tracing
survey experiments
Statistical analysis
multi-method research

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Doctoral students
2019
2020
I support public scholarship, e.g. through the Public Scholars Initiative, and am available to supervise students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with external partners as part of their research.

Graduate Student Supervision

Doctoral Student Supervision (Jan 2008 - May 2019)
The regulatory ties that bind markets : the political economy of cross-border integration in the exchange industry (2016)

This dissertation considers cross-border integration from the perspective of financial market regulators. It analyzes market authorities’ responses to the phenomenon of cross-border mergers and acquisitions in financial services, particularly involving exchanges. In some instances, regulators have approved these proposals, but in others they have intervened, even blocking proposals in high-profile decisions. This variation is puzzling and cannot be accounted for by standard explanations, including regime type or political pressures on regulators. When do officials interfere in the market for corporate control of financial service firms, and why? To explain this variation, the dissertation develops a theory of regulator dependence that focuses on the relationship between regulators and firms. The theory considers the conditions under which regulators’ preferences are insulated from social and political pressures, where regulators can act on their own preferences regarding integration. These preferences are a function of regulators’ dependence on firms’ cooperation and compliance to deliver on desired public policy outcomes. Mergers are threatening where regulators depend on a merging firm, and in these contexts regulators interfere with integration proposals. This dependence is a consequence of historical policy outcomes shaping the structure of the market and the allocation of regulatory authority. Empirical analysis of ten cases corroborates the theory’s predictions. The theory of regulator dependence establishes the analytical and empirical significance of considering regulators’ discrete views about market integration in order to explain certain financial market outcomes. In doing so, the dissertation contributes to our understanding of the conditions under which cross-border market integration is more or less politically feasible, and adds nuance to the established view that the historical development of domestic markets has significant and systematic effects on international market integration.

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Master's Student Supervision (2010 - 2018)
The role of the family policy-VET dyad (2014)

No abstract available.

Zhang Wentian and the academy of Marxism and Leninism during the pre-rectification period, 1938-1941 (2009)

This thesis on Zhang Wentian (1900-1976) and the Academy of Marxism and Leninism(1938-1941) in pre-Rectification Yan’an has two primary objectives. First, contrary toprevious studies of Yan’an, which engaged in Mao’s rise to power, this study examinesthe period from the perspective of another senior Party leader Zhang Wentian. This studyseeks to explore Zhang’s background, his political position at the Party, his relationshipwith Mao, and the ideological differences and compatibilities between him and Mao. Itargues that Zhang was among Mao’s supporters and that he shared with him many ideas.In spite of their collaboration, Zhang and Mao had some major ideological disagreementsregarding the sinification of Marxism and Party history. Through the analysis of ZhangWentian, this thesis is intended to help “rescue” CCP history from the Maoist narrative.Second, this thesis explores diversity in pre-Rectification Yan’ an through the study of theAcademy of Marxism and Leninism where Zhang Wentian served as the principal. Theexamination of the Academy shows that the lecturers there held contending positionsregarding the sinification of Marxim and the periodization of Chinese history, and thatParty leaders of different political factions were able to lecture at the Academy. BeforeMao’s rise to supreme power in late 1941, Zhang, as the principal of the Academy, hadthe authority to shape the curriculum according to his approach to Marxism. In late 1941,however, with political power centralized in the hands of Mao, the Academy wastransformed into the Central Research Institute, and its members were expected toconducted research according to Mao’s approach. Consequently, diversity at theAcademy disappeared with Zhang’s diminished status.

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Zhang Wentian and the academy of Marxism and Leninism during the pre-rectification period, 1938-1941 (2009)

This thesis on Zhang Wentian (1900-1976) and the Academy of Marxism and Leninism(1938-1941) in pre-Rectification Yan’an has two primary objectives. First, contrary toprevious studies of Yan’an, which engaged in Mao’s rise to power, this study examinesthe period from the perspective of another senior Party leader Zhang Wentian. This studyseeks to explore Zhang’s background, his political position at the Party, his relationshipwith Mao, and the ideological differences and compatibilities between him and Mao. Itargues that Zhang was among Mao’s supporters and that he shared with him many ideas.In spite of their collaboration, Zhang and Mao had some major ideological disagreementsregarding the sinification of Marxism and Party history. Through the analysis of ZhangWentian, this thesis is intended to help “rescue” CCP history from the Maoist narrative.Second, this thesis explores diversity in pre-Rectification Yan’ an through the study of theAcademy of Marxism and Leninism where Zhang Wentian served as the principal. Theexamination of the Academy shows that the lecturers there held contending positionsregarding the sinification of Marxim and the periodization of Chinese history, and thatParty leaders of different political factions were able to lecture at the Academy. BeforeMao’s rise to supreme power in late 1941, Zhang, as the principal of the Academy, hadthe authority to shape the curriculum according to his approach to Marxism. In late 1941,however, with political power centralized in the hands of Mao, the Academy wastransformed into the Central Research Institute, and its members were expected toconducted research according to Mao’s approach. Consequently, diversity at theAcademy disappeared with Zhang’s diminished status.

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