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Dr. Michelle D'Arcy
Associate Professor, Political Science

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Michelle D'Arcy, Demographic Regulation and the State: Centering Gender in Our Understanding of Political Order in Early Modern European States, American Political Science Review., 2023, p1 - 5 Journal Article, 2023 DOI URL

Marina Nistostskaya & Michelle D'Arcy, No taxation without property rights: formalization of property rights on land and tax revenues from individuals in sub-Saharan Africa, Journal of Institutional Economics, 19, (3), 2023, p444 - 457 Journal Article, 2023 DOI URL

Michelle D'Arcy and Marina NIstotskaya, A taxing issue: the constraining effects of historical state capacity on European property taxes today, Journal of European Public Policy, 29, (5), 2022, p689 - 707 Journal Article, 2022 URL DOI

Michelle D'Arcy, Marina Nistotskaya & Michael Sharry, Birth and the Leviathan: Information Capacity and the Ideology of Demographic Power, 19, (3), 2022, pp444 - 457 Conference Paper, 2022

Michelle D'Arcy & Marina Nistotskaya, No taxation without property rights: Formalization of property rights on land and tax revenues from individuals in sub-Saharan Africa, 2021 Working Paper, 2021

Michelle D'Arcy, Marina Nistotskaya and Ola Olsson, Land Property Rights, Cadasters and Economic Growth: A Cross-Country Panel 1000-2015 CE, 2021 Working Paper, 2021

Devolution and County Government in Kenya in, editor(s)N. Cheeseman, K. Kanyinga and G. Lynch , The Oxford Handbook on Kenyan Politics, Oxford University Press, 2020, pp251 - 270, [Michelle D'Arcy] Book Chapter, 2020

State Capacity, Quality of Government, Sequencing and Development Outcomes in, editor(s)A. Bågenholm, M. Bauhr, M., M. Grimes and B. Rothstein , The Oxford Handbook of the Quality of Government, Oxford, OUP, 2020, [Michelle D'Arcy and Marina Nistotskaya] Book Chapter, 2020

Michelle D'Arcy and Marina Nistotskaya, Intensified local grievances, enduring national control: the politics of land in the 2017 Kenyan elections, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 13, (2), 2019, p294 - 312 Journal Article, 2019 URL

The Irish Tax State and Historical Legacies: Slowly converging capacity, persistent unwillingness to pay in, editor(s)Douglas Kanter and Patrick Walsh , Taxation, Politics, and Protest in Ireland, 1662-2016, Plagrave Macmillan, 2019, [Michelle D'Arcy and Marina Nistotskaya] Book Chapter, 2019

Michelle D'Arcy, Marina Nistotskaya & Robert Ellis, Mapping the state: Measuring infrastructural power through cadastral records, Proceedings of the International Federation of Surveyors' Working Week, International Federation of Surveyors Annual Conference, Hanoi, 2019, 2019, pp1 - 23 Conference Paper, 2019

Big Men and Poor Voters: Political Corruption and Elections in Kenya in, editor(s)Inge Amundsen , Political Corruption and Development. Extraction, Power Preservation and Donor Responses, Edward Elgar, 2019, [Michelle D'Arcy] Book Chapter, 2019

Getting to Sweden: The Origins of High Tax Compliance in the Swedish Tax State in, editor(s)Sven Steinmo , Leap of Faith: the historical and institutional roots of tax compliance, Oxford University Press, 2018, pp30 - 45, [Marina Nistotskaya and Michelle D'Arcy] Book Chapter, 2018

D'arcy, M., Nistotskaya, M., The early modern origins of contemporary European tax outcomes, European Journal of Political Research, 57, (1), 2018, p47-67 Journal Article, 2018

Michelle D'Arcy and Marina Nistotskaya, The Early Modern Origins of Contemporary European Tax Outcomes, European Journal of Political Research, 57, (1), 2018, p47 - 67 Journal Article, 2018 URL DOI

Michelle D'Arcy and Marina Nistotskaya, State First, then Democracy: Using Cadastral Records to Explain Governmental Performance in Public Goods Provision, Governance, 30 (2), 193-209, (2), 2017, p193 - 209 Journal Article, 2017

Michelle D'Arcy and Agnes Cornell, Devolution and Corruption in Kenya: Everyone's Turn to Eat?, African Affairs, 115, (459), 2016, p246 - 273 Journal Article, 2016

Rulers and their Elite Rivals: How democratization has increased incentives for corruption in sub-Saharan Africa in, editor(s)Carl Dahlström and Lena Wängnerud , Elites, Institutions, and the Quality of Government, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, [Michelle D'Arcy] Book Chapter, 2015

Agnes Cornell & Michelle D'Arcy, Plus ça Change? ­County Level Politics after Devolution, Journal of East African Studies, 8 , (1), 2014, p173 - 191 Journal Article, 2014

D'Arcy, Michelle, Credible Enforcement before Credible Commitment: Exploring the Importance of Sequencing, 2013 Working Paper, 2013 TARA - Full Text URL

D'Arcy, Michelle, Non-state actors and universal services in Tanzania and Lesotho: state-building by alliance, Journal of Modern African Studies, 51, (2), 2013, p219 - 247 Journal Article, 2013

D'Arcy, Michelle, Food Security and Elite-Ruler Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa: Exploring the impact of democracy on public goods provision, 2012 Working Paper, 2012 TARA - Full Text URL

D'Arcy, Michelle, 'Taxation, Democracy and State-Building: how does sequencing matter?' , 2012 Working Paper, 2012 TARA - Full Text URL

D'Arcy, Michelle, Why do citizens assent to pay tax? Legitimacy, taxation and the African State, 2011 Working Paper, 2011 URL TARA - Full Text

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Michelle D'Arcy & Marina Nistotskaya, State Capacity, Democracy and Public Goods, 2018 Working Paper, 2018

Agnes Cornell & Michelle D'Arcy, Devolution and Development in Kenya, International Centre for Local Democracy Working Paper series, 2014 Report, 2014

Research Expertise


  • Title
    • Do Local Elections Foster Local Democracy? - Party Strategies in the First Elections at the Country Level in Kenya
  • Summary
    • On March 4th 2013 Kenyans voted, for the first time, to elect governors at the sub-national level. This project investigates the mobilization strategies adopted by candidates for governor in order to understand how devolution is likely to impact on Kenyan politics. In doing so, the project aims to examine the conditions under which local democracy becomes a vehicle for increased accountability and when it does not.
  • Funding Agency
    • Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy
  • Date From
    • 2013
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • Credible Enforcement before Credible Commitment:Exploring the Consequences of Institutional Sequencing
  • Summary
    • This projects explores the consequences for development of different pathways of institutional sequencing, asking specifically if democratizing before the state has become strong leads to the same outcomes as democratizing after. The project draws on both historical data on how Western states developed, and contrasts this with contemporary developing countries. A range of methodologies, from qualitative case studies to psychological experiments are used to test the theories developed.
  • Funding Agency
    • Swedish Research Council
  • Date From
    • 2014
  • Date To
    • 2018


DEMOCRATIZATION; Kenyan politics



Board Member of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Database (ACLED), one of the most widely used and respected large-scale databases on conflict 2013-2016

Member, African Politics Conference Group, which promotes recognition within professional associations of the theoretical and methodological contributions to the discipline of political scientists whose research and professional interests center largely or in part upon sub-Saharan Africa. 2013-2018

Board member, Editorial Advisory Board of the Development Studies Association of Ireland Working Paper series 2014-2018

Conference Organizer, Conference on Devolution and Local Development in Kenya, Nairobi June 26th 2014

Journal Reviewer American Journal of Political Science 2021

Journal Reviewer, American Political Science Review 2021

Journal reviewer, Journal of Politics 2020

Journal reviewer, World Development 2019

Journal reviewer, Perspectives on Politics 2019

Journal reviewer, American Political Science Review 2018

Journal Reviewer, European Journal of Political Research 2018

Journal reviewer - Perspectives on Politics 2018

Journal Reviewer - Political Geography 2017

Journal Reviewer - Governance 2017

Journal Reviewer - Comparative Politics 2017

Journal Reviewer, African Affairs 2015

Journal reviewer, Comparative Political Studies 2016

Journal Reviewer - Geoforum 2017

Journal Reviewer - Policy Studies 2017

Journal Reviewer - Journal of Institutional Economics 2017

Journal Reviewer - Journal of Modern African Studies 2018

Journal Reviewer - Global Environmental Politics 2014

Journal Reviewer - Journal of Development Studies 2015

Journal Reviewer - South African Journal of Economics 2015

Book Proposal Reviewer - OUP 2016

Text book Proposal Reviewer - Routledge 2015

Awards and Honours

Trinity Creative and Visual Arts Fund Award 2020

Equality Fund Award 2018

Provost's PhD Award 2017

Political Science Association of Ireland Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 2016

Provost's Teaching Award, Early Career Award 2016


American Political Science Association

Development Studies Association of Ireland 2014

European Consortium for Political Research

Political Studies Association of Ireland

African Politics Conference Group

World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research

Southern Political Science Association