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Dr Gabriel Leon

 Gabriel LeonSenior Lecturer in Political Economy

Postal Address
Department of Political Economy
King’s College London
Strand Campus
Bush House (North East Wing)
30 Aldwych
London WC2B 4BG

Phone: +44 (0)20 7848 7685
Website: Wordpress
Room number: 7.06 Bush House (North East Wing)

Monday 2-3pm
Wednesday 3.30-4.30pm

There will be no office hours on Wednesday 5th December. There wil be an office hour on Tuesday 4th December at 5pm.


Gabriel Leon is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy. He was an undergraduate in Applied Mathematics at Harvard, did his PhD in Economics at Oxford, and was most recently the Bevil Mabey Fellow in Economics at St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge.

Research Interests  

My research is on political economy and economic history, and focuses on conflict, the military and institutional change. I have worked on the diffusion of violence, English political development, the causes of coups d'etat, the determinants of military interventions in politics, and the impact of riots on democratic change. I currently lead the Political Economy of Peace and Security research cluster in the department.


  • Mathematics for Economics
  • Empirical Political Economy
  • Advanced Topics in Economic History


Journal Articles: 

Feudalism, Collaboration and Path Dependence in England’s Political Development British Journal of Political Science, forthcoming

The Democratic Window of Opportunity: Evidence from Riots in sub-Saharan Africa (with Toke Aidt, Cambridge), Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2016.

Loyalty for Sale? Military Spending and Coups d'Etat, Public Choice 159, 363-383, 2014. (Previously circulated under the title The Economic Causes of Coups)

Soldiers or Politicians? Institutions, Conflict and the Military's Role in Politics, Oxford Economic Papers 66, 533-556, 2014.

Strategic Redistribution: The Political Economy of Populism, European Journal of Political Economy 34, 39-51, 2014.

Bad Apples: Political Paralysis and the Quality of Politicians, Journal of Public Economic Theory 15(3), 433-447, 2013.


Book chapters:

The Coup: Competition for Office in Authoritarian Regimes
(with Toke Aidt, Cambridge)

Oxford Handbook of Public Choice, eds. Roger Congleton, Bernard Grofman and Stefan Voigt, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

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