Tulia Falleti

The Class of 1965 Term Associate Professor
237 Stiteler Hall
Office Hours: Mondays 3PM-5PM

Tulia G. Falleti is The Class of 1965 Term Associate Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Decentralization and Subnational Politics in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2010), which earned the Donna Lee Van Cott Award to the best book on political institutions by the Latin American Studies Association. Her articles on federalism, decentralization, authoritarianism, and qualitative methods have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political StudiesPubliusStudies in Comparative International DevelopmentQualitative Sociology, among other journals and edited volumes printed in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Argentina, Mexico, and Brazil.  She is the coeditor, with Orfeo Fioretos and Adam Sheingate, of The Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism, to be published in 2015. Professor Falleti is working on a book manuscript on new participatory institutions in Latin America. 

Research Interests: 
  • Comparative Politics
  • Latin American Politics
  • Democratization
  • Federalism and Decentralization
  • Community Participation 
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Historical Institutionalism
Selected Publications: 


Decentralization and Subnational Politics in Latin America, 2010, New York: Cambridge University Press. (Buy this book from Amazon or the publisher.) 


Falleti, Tulia G. 2016. "Process tracing of extensive and intensive processes. New Political Economy, Volume 21 (2).

Falleti, Tulia G., and James Mahoney. 2015. "The Comparative Sequential Method." In Advances in Comparative-Historical Analysis, ed. J. Mahoney and K. Thelen. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 211-39.

Falleti, Tulia G. 2013 “Decentralization in Time: A Process-Tracing Approach to Federal Dynamics of Change,” in Arthur Benz and Jörg Broschek (eds.) Federal Dynamics: Continuity, Change and Varieties of Federalism, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 140-166.

Falleti, Tulia G. 2011 “Varieties of Authoritarianism: The Organization of the Military State and its Effect on Federalism in Argentina and Brazil.” Studies in Comparative International Development, 46 (2), 137-162 (Lead Article).

Falleti, Tulia G. 2010 “Infiltrating the State: The Evolution of Health Care Reforms in Brazil, 1964-1988” in James Mahoney and Kathleen Thelen (eds.) Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity, Agency, and Power, New York: Cambridge University Press, Chapter 2, 38-62.

 Falleti, Tulia G. and Julia Lynch. 2009 “Context and Causal Mechanisms in Political Analysis,” Comparative Political Studies, 42 (9), 1143-1166 (Lead Article).

Falleti, Tulia G. 2005 “A Sequential Theory of Decentralization: Latin American Cases in Comparative Perspective,” American Political Science Review, 99 (3), 327-346. (Winner of the 2006 Gregory Luebbert Article Award from the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.)

Cameron, Maxwell A. and Tulia G. Falleti. 2005 “Federalism and the Subnational Separation of Powers,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 35 (2), 245-271.   

Gibson, Edward L. and Tulia G. Falleti. 2004 “Unity by the Stick: Regional Conflict and the Origins of Argentine Federalism,” in Edward L. Gibson (ed.), Federalism and Democracy in Latin America, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 226-254.

Gibson, Edward L., Ernesto Calvo and Tulia G. Falleti. 2004 “Reallocative Federalism: Legislative Overrepresentation and Public Spending in the Western Hemisphere,” in Edward L. Gibson (ed.), Federalism and Democracy in Latin America, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 173-196.

Courses Taught: 
  • Latin American Politics
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Comparative Politics of Federalism and Decentralization
  • Democratization
  • Transitions to Democracy
  • Democracy and Decentralization in Latin America
  • Social Capital and Trust

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