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The United Programs for Political Economy Research network (UPPER) promotes multi-disciplinary research in political economy through collaboration between centers in different academic institutions. Our goal is to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of ideas, and to help prepare the next generation of researchers in the field of political economy.

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Policy Brief Book The UPPER Policy Briefs series is designed to bring top-notch research on policy-relevant political economy topics to a broad policy audience.

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Autumn 2023

Corporate Money In Politics: How to Trace It and How to Improve Disclosure

Corporate Money In Politics: How to Trace It and How to Improve Disclosure

By Matilde Bombardini

Money in politics is here to stay. While some countries, in Europe for example, rely on public funding of elections, in the U.S. contributing to campaigns, spending money on TV ads and lobbying Congress are viewed as a form of constitutionally sanctioned freedom of speech that is increasingly protected. At the same time, some portions of the electorate equate money in politics with a potential for influence and corruption, a problem that is universally recognized.

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Spring 2023

What Do We Know About Voting Procedures? Lessons for Policy

What Do We Know About Voting Procedures? Lessons for Policy

By Enrico Cantoni & Vincent Pons & Vestal McIntyre

Questions that voters have always faced – how to register to vote, where to vote, and how to check in on arrival at the polling station – have taken on new urgency in today’s political climate in the U.S. Policymakers seeking to expand the vote and ensure its legitimacy are looking to research evidence to inform their decisions.

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The goal of the Global Research Training Initiative is to expand access to pre-doctoral research opportunities for outstanding students at the masters or advanced undergraduate level with an interest in Political Economy, originating from universities in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. 

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