- Political economy of distributive politics
- Social policies in the MENA region
- Crony capitalism
- Civil-military relations and coups
Ferdinand’s research focuses on the political economy of authoritarian rule in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), in particular in the areas of distributive politics, cronyism, and the political economy of coup-proofing. His book project, Social Dictatorships: The Political Economy of the Welfare State in the Middle East, develops an explanation of social spending in authoritarian MENA regimes that emphasises the importance of early elite conflict under the constraints imposed by external threats and scarce resources. Underlining his comparative profile, he has published two articles on political budget cycles in developing countries, forthcoming in Studies in Comparative International Development and the European Political Science Review. Another strand of his research focuses on the effects of crony capitalism on trade protection in Tunisia and Egypt, and on the role of social spending as a coup-proofing strategy in MENA. More recently, he has started to work on the electoral sociology of Islamism
His regional expertise is North Africa, in particular Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt.
For more details, please see Ferdinand’s full research profile: [link to personal website: www.ferdinandeibl.com].
Peer-reviewed journal articles
"How to Keep Officers in the Barracks? Causes, Agents, and Types of Military Coups" (with H. Albrecht), International Studies Quarterly, forthcoming.
"Constraints, Competition, and Competitiveness: Explaining the Non-linear Effect of Democratization on Political Budget Cycles" (with H. Lynge-Mangueira), European Political Science Review, 9:4, November 2017.
"Electoral Confidence and Political Budget Cycles in Non-OECD Countries" (with H. Lynge-Mangueira), Studies in Comparative International Development, 52:1, March 2017.
"The Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM): trajectory of a political deux ex machina", Journal of North African Studies, 17:1, 2012.
‘Social Dictatorships: The Political Economy of the Welfare State in the Middle East and North Africa (under contract with Oxford University Press)’
"Social Policies in the Middle East and North Africa", in Durlauf, S. and Blume, L. (eds.) The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Palgrave: Basingstoke. 2017.
"Der Kontinuität verschrieben? Islamisten und der Arabische Frühling in Marokko", (with D. Engelcke) in Faath, S. (ed.) Islamisten nach dem Arabischen Frühling, Edition Wuqûf: Hamburg. 2012.
"The Political Economy of Energy Subsidies in Egypt and Tunisia: The Untold Story", OIES Paper, SP 38, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, August 2017.
"The Political Economy of Energy Subsidies in Egypt and Tunisia: The Untold Story", Oxford Energy Forum, 108, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, March 2017.
"The Politics of Partial Liberalization: Cronyism and Non-Tariff Protection in Mubarak's Egypt" (with A. Malik), CSAE Working Paper WPS/2016-27.
"Parlamentswahlen in Marokko: Ende oder Anfang eines "marokkanischen Frühlings"?", GIGA Focus Nahost, GIGA German Institute of Global And Area Studies.
For work in progress, please see Ferdinand’s personal website www.ferdinandeibl.com