Tulia Falleti

Associate Professor
237 Stiteler Hall
Office Hours: Thursday 10AM-12PM

On leave at Princeton University, as World Politics Fellow, 2013-2014.

Tulia G. Falleti is an Associate Professor of Political Science and a Senior Fellow at 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 in 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 Studies, Publius, Studies in Comparative International Development, Qualitative 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 Adam Sheingate and Orfeo Fioretos, of the Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism, scheduled to be published in 2014-5. Professor Falleti is working on her second single-authored book, which studies the structural and institutional determinants as well as the political and welfare consequences of local community participation. 

Research Interests: 
  • Comparative Politics
  • Latin American Politics
  • Democratization
  • Federalism and Decentralization
  • Community Participation (with emphasis in the health sector)
  • 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. 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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