Leonardo Baccini

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Leonardo Baccini
Contact Information

855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

514-398-4800 ext. 00897
Email address: 
leonardo.baccini [at] mcgill.ca
Leacock 432

PhD, Trinity College Dublin

Curriculum vitae: 
Research areas: 
International Relations
Areas of interest: 

International political economy
Comparative political economy
International trade
International organizations

Selected publications: 


  • Cutting the Gordian Knot of Economic Reform: When and How International Institutions Help, with Johannes Urpelainen (Columbia University). Oxford University Press, 2014.

Peer-reviewed journals

  • Security, Trade, and Political Violence, with Francesco Amodio (McGill University) and Michele Di Maio (University of Rome, La Sapienza). Forthcoming in Journal of the European Economic Association.
  • Globalization and State Capitalism: Assessing Vietnam Accession to the WTO, with Giammario Impullitti (Cambridge University) and Edmund J. Malesky (Duke University). Journal of International Economics, 119, 2019: 75-92.
  • The Economics and Politics of Preferential Trade Agreements. Annual Review of Political Science, 22, May 2019.
  • The Service Economy: Understanding Sectoral Differences in Patterns of Lobbying for Trade in the United States, with Iain Osgood (University of Michigan) and Stephen Weymouth (Georgetown University). Review of International Organizations, 14(2), 2019: 26196.
  • The Politics of Preferential Trade Liberalization: Changing Trade Policy, with Andreas Dür (University of Salzburg). Global Policy, 9(52), 2018: 49-57.
  • Intra-Industry Trade, Global Value Chains, and Preferential Tari Liberalization, with Andreas Dür (University of Salzburg) and Manfred Elsig (University of Bern). International Studies Quarterly, 62(2), 2018: 329-340.
  • Business Politicians and Subnational Fiscal Policy, with Kristina Johnson (Princeton University), Quan Li (Texas A&M) and Irina Mirkina (Lund University). Business & Politics, 20(3), 2018: 410-37.
  • The Politics of Preferential Trade Liberalization in Authoritarian Countries, with Wilfred Chow (UC Davis). International Interactions, vol. 44(2), 2018: 189-216.
  • Counterterrorist Legislation and Respect for Civil Liberties: An Inevitable Collision? with Shor, Eran, Chi-ting Tsai, Tai-Ho Lin, and Titus Chen. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, vol. 41(5), 2018: 339-364.
  • The Distributional Consequences of Preferential Trade Liberalization: Firm-level Evidence, with Pablo Pinto (Columbia University) and Steve Weymouth (Georgetown University). Forthcoming in International Organization.
  • Internet Effects in Times of Political Crisis: Online Newsgathering and Attitudes Towards the European Union, with Maria Laura Sudulich (University of Kent) and Matthew T. Wall (University of Swansea). Forthcoming in Public Opinion Quarterly.
  • Depth, Flexibility and International Cooperation: The Politics of Trade Agreement Design, with Andreas Dür (University of Salzburg) and Manfred Elsig (University of Bern). International Studies Quarterly, vol 59(4), 2015: 765-775.
  • Wired Voters: The Effects of Internet Use on Voters' Electoral Uncertainty, with Laura Sudulich (University of Kent) and Matthew T. Wall (University of Swansea). British Journal of Political Science, vol 45(4), 2015: 853-881.
  • Investment Discrimination and the Proliferation of Preferential Trade Agreements, with Andreas Dür (University of Salzburg). Journal of Conflict Resolution, 59(4), 2015: 617-644.
  • The Design of International Trade Agreements Introducing a New Database, with with Andreas Dür (University of Salzburg), and Manfred Elsig (University of Bern). Review of International Organizations, vol. 9(3), 2014: 353-375.
  • Corporate Tax Cuts and Foreign Direct Investment, with Quan Li (Texas A\&M) and Irina Mirkina (Lund University). Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, vol. 33(4), 2014: 977-1006.
  • Why Do Countries Ratify ILO Conventions? The Importance of “Rivalry” and “Friendship”, with Mathias Koenig-Archibugi (London School of Economics). World Politics, vol. 66(3), 2014: 446-490.
  • Before Ratification: Understating the Timing of International Treaty Effects on, Domestic Politics, with Johannes Urpelainen (Columbia University). International Studies Quarterly, vol. 58(1), 2014: 29-43.
  • International Institutions and Domestic Politics: Can Preferential Trading Agreements Help Leaders Promote Economic Reform? with Johannes Urpelainen (Columbia University). The Journal of Politics, vol. 76(1), 2014: 195-214.
  • Cheap Talk: Transaction Costs, Quality of Institutions, and Trade Agreements. European Journal of International Relations, vol. 20(1), 2014: 80-117.
  • Global Energy Governance: Trade, Infrastructure, and the Diffusion of International Organizations, with Veronica Lenzi (IMT Lucca) and Paul Thurner (University of Munich). International Interactions, vol. 39(2), 2013: 192-216.
  • Strategic Side Payments: Preferential Trading Agreements, Economic Reform, and Foreign Aid, with Johannes Urpelainen (Columbia University). The Journal of Politics, vol. 74(4), 2012: 932-949.
  • Preventing Protectionism: International Institutions and Trade Policy, with Soo Yeon Kim (National University of Singapore). Review of International Organization, vol. 7(4), 2012: 369-398.
  • Democratization and Trade Policy: An Empirical Analysis of Developing Countries. European Journal of International Relations, vol. 18(3), 2012: 454-478.
  • Government Fractionalization and Partisan Shifts to the Left Increase the Volatility of Public Energy R&D Expenditures, with Johannes Urpelainen (Columbia University). Energy Policy, vol. 46(1), 2012: 49-57.
  • The New Regionalism and Policy Interdependency, with Andreas Dür (University of Salzburg). British Journal of Political Science, vol. 42(1), 2012: 57-79.
  • Explaining Formation and Design of EU Trade Agreements: The Role of Transparency and Flexibility, European Union Politics, vol. 11(2), 2010: 195-217.

Selected Working Papers

  • Information and Voting: How Voters Update Beliefs After Natural Disasters, with Lucas Leemann (ETH Zurich). R&R at Political Science Research Methods.
  • Trade Liberalization and Labor Market Institutions, with Mattia Guidi (University of Pisa), Arlo Poletti (University of Trento), and Aydin Yildirim (EUI). R&R at International Organization.
  • Gone For Good: Deindustrialization, White Voter Backlash, and U.S. Presidential Voting, with Stephen Weymouth (Georgetown University). Winner of the 2018 David A. Lake Award for the best paper presented at IPES. Under review at American Political Science Review.
  • Comparative Advantage and Legislators' Support for Trade, with Francesco Amodio (McGill), Giorgio Chiovelli (LBS), and Michele Di Maio (University of Naples). Under review at The Journal of Politics.
  • Terrorism and Voting Behavior, with Abel Brodeur (University of Ottawa), Sean Nossek (McGill) and Eran Shor (McGill University). Under review at The Journal of Politics.
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