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About this Cambridge Elements series

This new series will provide authoritative contributions on important topics in the rapidly growing field of political economy. 

Elements will be designed so as to provide broad and in depth coverage combined with original insights from scholars in political science, economics, and economic history.  Contributions are welcome on any topic within this field.

About the Editor

David Stasavage is Julius Silver Professor in the Wilf Family Department of Politics at New York University.  He previously held positions at the London School of Economics and at Oxford University.  His work has spanned a number of different fields and currently focuses on two areas: development of state institutions over the long run and the politics of inequality.  Professor Stasavage's most recent book is entitled Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Contact the Editors

If you would like more information about this series, or are interested in writing an Element, email

Areas of interest

  • Institutions and Economic Development
  • State Formation
  • Inequality of Wealth and/or Income
  • Redistribution
  • Corruption
  • Sources of Accountability
  • Government Finance
  • Foundations of Democracy

Watch an interview with David Stasavage