Roberto Foa









Journal Articles

Frontier Settlement and the Spatial Variation of Civic Institutions, Political Geography, September 2019.

Youth and the Populist Wave, Philosophy and Social Criticism, September 2019.

Modernization and Authoritarianism, Journal of Democracy, July 2018.

The End of the Democratic Century: Autocracy's Global Ascendance (with Yascha Mounk), Foreign Affairs, May/June 2018.

The End of the Consolidation Paradigm (with Yascha Mounk), Journal of Democracy Web Exchange, June 2017.

Persistence or Reversal of Fortune? Early State Inheritance and the Legacies of Colonial Rule, Politics and Society, June 2017.

Set-Point Theory and Societal Collapse: The Case of Russia (With Ronald Inglehart, Tatiana Karabchuk and Eduard Ponarin), Journal of Happiness Studies, June 2017.

The Signs of Deconsolidation (With Yascha Mounk), Journal of Democracy, Vol 28:1. January 2017.

The Weakness of Postcommunist Civil Society Reassessed (With Grzegorz Ekiert), European Journal of Political Research, Vol 56:1. January 2017.

The Danger of Deconsolidation: The Democratic Disconnect (With Yascha Mounk), Journal of Democracy, Vol 27:3. July 2016. Winner (early draft) of the 2015 Magna Carta Prize.

How State Capacity Varies Within Frontier States: A Multi-Country Subnational Analysis (With Anna Nemirovskaya). Governance, Jan 2016.

A Review of 'The Capitalist Personality. Face-to-Face Sociality and Economic Change in the Post-Communist World' by Christopher S. Swader (London, Routledge, 2013), Politics, Culture and Socialization, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 274-7.

The Last Mile in Analysing Well-Being and Poverty: Indices of Social Development (With Irene van Staveren, Ellen Webbink, and Arjan de Haan). Forum for Social Economics, March 2013. Winner of the 2014 Prize for Social Economics.

Social Capital and Cross-Country Environmental Performance (with Hari B. Dulal and Stephen Knowles). Journal of Environment and Development, vol. 20 no. 2, June, 2011.

Development, Freedom, and Rising Happiness: A Global Perspective, 1981-2007 (with Ronald Inglehart, Christan Welzel and Chris Peterson). Perspectives in Psychological Science, vol. 3 no. 4, July 2008.

Book Chapters and Reviews

Civil Society: from Myth to Reality (with Grzegorz Ekiert). In Jacques Rupnik (ed.), 1989 as a Political World Event: Democracy, Europe and the New International System in the Age of Globalization. New York: Routledge.

A Review of 'The Capitalist Personality. Face-to-Face Sociality and Economic Change in the Post-Communist World' by Christopher S. Swader (London, Routledge, 2013), Politics, Culture and Socialization, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 274-7.

Banking on Social Institutions for Poverty Reduction (with Hari B. Dulal). In Hari B. Dulal (ed.), Poverty Reduction in a Changing Climate. New York: Lexington Books.

Religion and Values in a Globalized Era (with Ronald Inglehart). In Saskia Sassen, Peter Singer, Roberto Stefan Foa, Wallace Broecker et al. The Multiple Faces of Globalization. Madrid : BBVA.

Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Nepal (with Hari B. Dulal). In Surendra Devkota (ed.) Nepal in the Twenty-First Century. New York: Nova Science.

Social Capital and the Rule of Law: Lessons from Contemporary Rwanda. In Poverty and Social Analysis in Conflict-Affected Countries. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Working Papers in Reviewed Paper Series

Household Risk Preparation Indices: Construction and Diagnostics. World Development Report 2014 Background Papers. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Social Institutions of the Frontier: Testing the Frontier Thesis (with Anna Nemirovskaya and Elena Mostovova). Higher School of Economics Working Paper BRP 09/SOC/2012.

The Weakness of Civil Society in Post-Communist Europe Revisited (with Grzegorz Ekiert). Center for European Studies Open Forum Working Paper # 11. Cambridge, MA: Harvard.

Methodology of the Social Development Indices (with Jeffery Tanner). International Institute for Social Studies Working Paper # 2012-04. The Hague: International Institute of Social Studies.

Indices of Social Development: Research Applications. ISS Working Paper Series, Jan 2011.

The Role of Social Institutions in Determining Aid Effectiveness. International Institute for Social Studies Working Paper # 2012-02. The Hague: International Institute of Social Studies.

The Economic Rationale for Social Cohesion. Perspectives on Global Development, OECD Development Centre 2011. Paris: OECD.

Social and Governance Dimensions of Climate Change: Implications for Policy. World Bank DECRG working paper series, October 2009.

Media and Journalism (Selected)

'The West has a Resentment Epidemic'
A piece on the economic geography of populism, in Foreign Policy.

Interview with ABC Radio (audio mp3) on Trust
A conversation with ABC Radio on the topic of political trust, with Bill Emmott (The Economist) and Rachel Botsman, and hosted by Geraldine Doogue.

Interview with ABC Radio (audio mp3) on Populism and Liberal Democracy
An interview with ABC Radio on the rise of populism, and the malaise of contemporary liberal democracy.

'It's the Globalization, Stupid', Foreign Policy.

'Democracy losing support among the young', a radio interview about trends in support for democracy. ABC Radio.

'Yes, People Really are Turning Away from Democracy' (With Yascha Mounk), Washington Post.

'Donald Trump's Lasting Impact on U.S. Democracy', Newsday.

'The Historiography of Medieval India Needs a Middle Way' (With Ajay Verghese), The Wire.

'Losing Faith in the Process' (With Yascha Mounk), New York Times.

The Last Word: An Interview with Daniel Bell (Conducted With Thomas Meaney)
The last interview with great American sociologist Daniel Bell, a few months before his death, at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in January 2011.

A Holiday in North Korea
A (pseudonymously published) travelogue of a trip to the Hermit Kingdom.

Why Do They Hate Us?
Article in Vox Europe on Europe's international standing.

Interview with the Guardian (audio mp3)
An interview that the Guardian did with me for their weekly podcast, discussing the causes of happiness.

Freedom, Not Income, is the Key to Happiness
An opinion piece discussing World Values Survey findings on rising global happiness, published in the Financial Times.