- Santucci, Jack. 2019 (forthcoming). "Using Mixed Methods to Recover Electoral History: The American Path to Proportional Voting." SAGE Research Methods Cases. — Advises students on the usefulness of theoretical priors, broad methods training, and creativity in data gathering for projects where extant theory and data are sparse.
- Santucci, Jack. 2018. "Evidence of a Winning-cohesion Tradeoff under Multi-winner Ranked-choice Voting." Electoral Studies 52: 128-138. — Explains varying levels of party cohesion in two US legislatures elected under the single transferable vote. Cohesion waned when seat-seeking parties sought to co-opt social movements by slating leaders from them. Original roll-call and election data from Cincinnati (1929-57) and Worcester, MA (1949-60).
- Santucci, Jack. 2017. "Party Splits, not Progressives: The Origins of Proportional Representation in American Local Government." American Politics Research 45(3): 494-526. — Past enactments of multi-winner RCV were joint efforts by minority parties and majority-party factions. Mixed methods, comparison of 50 major-city charter reform referenda, and original precinct data from three New England cities, 1939-55.
Articles not peer-reviewed
- Santucci, Jack. 2010. "What is the Future for Democracy Promotion?" Democracy & Society 7(1): 5-7. — Argues the U.S. would have an increasingly hard time promoting democracy abroad.
- Santucci, Jack and Magnus Öhman. 2009. "Practical solutions for the disclosure of campaign and political party finance." In Political Finance Regulation: The Global Experience, edited by Magnus Öhman and Hani Zainulbhai, 25-42. Washington, DC: International Foundation for Electoral Systems. — Documents comparative disclosure rules and summarizes implementation challenges.
- Santucci, Jack. 2006. "The Missing Half: Ensuring Fair Representation in Post-merger Essex, Vermont." National Civic Review 95(3): 42-50. — Summarizes main voting methods for U.S. multi-winner elections.
Working papers on current state & national politics
- A process-populism dimension in the US public? Evidence from two surveys in 2016 — Estimates ideal points for two samples of Americans. An anti-system dimension appears in both data sets and is correlated in ways one might expect with several demographic predictors.
- Maine ranked-choice voting as a case of electoral system change (revise & resubmit) — Using Maine's 2016 RCV adoption, tests the hypothesis that single-winner reform finds favor where groups do not agree on whom to nominate but can agree on whom they do not want in office.
Working papers on PR in America ("multi-winner RCV")
- In America, why does proportional voting have to attack political parties? — Traces early history of PR advocacy in the United States, 1893-1915, arguing that a non-partisan version of this reform could paper over a class cleavage in the Progressive movement.
- Why unions attacked the single transferable vote in Cincinnati (under review) — Documents labor participation in racially charged repeal and shows how the motive was coalition defection in government.
- Exit from proportional representation and implications for ranked-choice voting in American government — Parties that otherwise would benefit from multi-winner RCV oppose it when (1) they do not control the pivotal legislator and (2) expect to survive return to plurality voting.
- The other side of urban reform: Insurgents and issues under city STV, 1930-61 — Early, highly aggregated version of "Evidence of a winning-cohesion tradeoff." Suggests similar dynamic in New York City, 1937-47.
Working papers on ideal points
- Legislator replacement and party position change in American single transferable vote elections — Estimates of dynamic ideal points are sensitive to choice of model start values.
Book project: The Price of Proportional Voting
- In view of recent reform debates, this book analyzes the politics of the single transferable vote in 24 American cities, 1893-1962. One way to inform the current debate is to consult the use of that system abroad. My approach is to consult its use in our own country. I ask why reformers advanced this system and not some party-based rule, how it came to be adopted on the ground, how parties adapted to it, and why it was repealed. In America, winning proportional voting requires attacking political parties, but keeping proportional voting requires party discipline in government.
- Read the dissertation as I defended it. The middle chapter is heavily revised and forthcoming in Electoral Studies.