Leonardo Baccini

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Contact Information

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

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

PhD, Trinity College Dublin

Leacock 432
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

  • 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

  • Globalization and State Capitalism: Assessing Vietnam Accession to the WTO, with Giammario Impullitti (University of Nottingham) and Edmund J. Malesky (Duke University). Under review.
  • Product Differentiation, Global Supply Chains, and the Political Economy of Preferential Trade Liberalisation, with Andreas Dür (University of Salzburg) and Manfred Elsig (University of Bern). Under review.
  • The Political Economy of Trade in Autocracies: How Coup Risk Drives Preferential Liberalization, with Wilfred Chow (University of Hong Kong). Under review.
  • Business Politicians and Subnational Fiscal Policy, with Quan Li (Texas A&M) and Irina Mirkina (Lund University). Under review.
  • Security, Trade, and Political Violence, with Francesco Amodio (McGill University) and Michele Di Maio (University of Naples, Parthenope).
  • Invisible No Longer: Service Firms in the Politics of Trade, with Steve Weymouth (Georgetown University).
Associate Professor