Leonardo Baccini

Susan Louise Dyer Peace National Fellow

Leonardo Baccini (PhD, Trinity College Dublin) is an associate professor of international political economy in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. He was previously an assistant professor at the London School of Economics. Professor Baccini has held research fellowships at Princeton University, New York University, and at the European University Institute. His research interests are in the area of international political economy and comparative political economy. He is the author of Cutting the Gordian Knot of Economic Reform: How International Institutions Promote Liberalization (Oxford University Press, 2014) and more than 30 articles published in leading journals in both economics and political science.

Baccini has been awarded grants from Canada, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in Canada, Germany, Israel, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He serves on the editorial board of Economics and Politics and European Union Politics.

During his fellowship at the Hoover Institution, Baccini is exploring how trade liberalization and automation affect the support of populism in both the European Union and the United States. The key insight of the project is that identity politics and economic vulnerability mediate the effect of globalization on voting in favor of populist parties and politicians. More information on his research can be found on his website (https://sites.google.com/site/leonardobaccini).

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Gone For Good: Deindustrialization, White Voter Backlash, And US Presidential Voting

by Leonardo Baccini, Stephen Weymouthvia Analysis
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Globalization and automation have contributed to deindustrialization and the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs, yielding important electoral implications across advanced democracies. Coupling insights from economic voting and social identity theory, we consider how different groups in society may construe manufacturing job losses in contrasting ways.