Samuel De Canio is a lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College, London. He studies American politics, focusing on American political development, democratic theory, representation, state theory, and public opinion. Prior to arriving at King’s he was an Assistant Professor in the political science department at Yale University.
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Dr. De Canio’s research examines general theoretical questions about how knowledge interacts with social institutions, and specific historical questions about the creation of modern states. His book, Democracy and the Origins of the American Regulatory State (Yale University Press, 2015), argues high levels of voter ignorance grants democratic governments significant autonomy from popular control, and examines the creation of the American regulatory state in the late 19th century. His current research compares how knowledge interacts with markets and firms, democratic politics and political parties, and international relations among states.