The Center for Analytical Political Science (CAPS) was created in September 2014 and is supported by the Meyer Family. Michael Becher is currently in charge of the program.
The center promotes interdisciplinary, analytical and quantitative research in political economy and political science and aims at establishing itself as a leading center in continental Europe, alongside an extensive international network.
The group of scholars comes from political science, economics, history and other fields within the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST) and the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) to study fundamental questions about politics. Central topics include the functioning of democracy and authoritarian regimes, origins and effects of political institutions, mass attitudes and political behavior, and the inter-relationship between political competition, economic policy and economic development. Contemporary and historical cases are studied using a variety of approaches, such as formal theory, experiments (in the field and in the lab), as well as the careful collection and analysis of observational data.
CAPS brings together researchers from TSE and IAST, including IAST research fellows with PhDs from leading centers in political science.
Emmanuelle Auriol (PhD UT1, IAST-TSE)
David Austen-Smith (PhD Cambridge University, Northwestern University, IAST long-term visitor)
Jean-Paul Azam (PhD LSE, IAST-TSE)
Michael Becher (PhD Princeton, IAST-UT1)
Sylvain Chabé-Ferret (PhD Université d'Auvergne (CERDI), IAST-TSE)
Vessela Daskalova (PhD Queen Mary University of London, IAST)
Raymond Duch (PhD Oxford University, IAST long-term visitor)
Victor Gay (PhD Chicago, IAST-TSE)
Carlo Horz (PhD NYU, IAST)
Michel Le Breton (PhD University Rennes I, TSE)
Pepita Miquel-Florensa (PhD Colombia University, IAST-TSE)
Lucas Novaes (PhD Berkeley, IAST)
Saurabh Pant (PhD Princeton, IAST)
Leah Rosenzweig (PhD MIT)
François Salanié (PhD UT1, IAST-TSE)
Mohamed Saleh (PhD University of Southern California, IAST-TSE (with interest in political economy))
Paul Seabright (IAST-TSE)
Hannah Simpson (PhD NYU, IAST)
Stéphane Straub (PhD UT1, IAST-TSE)
Jean Tirole (PhD MIT, IAST-TSE)
Karine Van der Straeten (Phd Ecole Polytechnique, IAST-TSE)
CAPS is a founding member of the European Political Economy Consortium (EPEC).
EPEC is an informal network created to foster exchanges and scientific interactions between Europe-based researchers sharing a common interest in political economy/analytical political science.
The five founding institutions are Bocconi University, CAPS-IAST, the London School of Economics, the University of Mannheim, and the University of Warwick.