Very broadly, my research has two tracks. One is to learn about the origins, effects, and instability of American 'ranked-choice' electoral systems. Another is to document intraparty cleavages in modern American politics. These tracks are related. I think we are in the throes of a 'second Progressive Era,' which could go well or badly.
- Santucci, Jack. 2021. "Variants of Ranked-choice Voting from a Strategic Perspective." Politics and Governance 9 (2): 344-353. — Documents five 'types' of ranked-choice voting and introduces reasons for their repeal after the Progressive Era.
- McCarthy, Devin and Jack Santucci. 2021. "Ranked-choice Voting as a Generational Issue in Modern American Politics." Politics and Policy 49 (1): 33-60. — Finds generational split on ranked-ballot reforms as of 2018. This split cuts across major-party and racial divides.
- Santucci, Jack. 2019. "Using Mixed Methods to Recover Electoral History: The American Path to Proportional Voting." SAGE Research Methods Cases (Part 2). — Tips on doing quantitative research in urban political development.
- Santucci, Jack. 2018. "Maine Ranked-choice Voting as a Case of Electoral System Change." Representation 54 (3): 297-311. Awarded best paper for 2018. [Ungated] — Single-seat RCV finds favor where the majority cannot coordinate, yet shares a common enemy.
- Santucci, Jack. 2018. "Evidence of a Winning-cohesion Tradeoff under Multi-winner Ranked-choice Voting." Electoral Studies 52: 128-138. [Ungated] — Majority-seeking parties in multi-seat RCV elections have incentives to incorporate independent candidates.
- Santucci, Jack. 2017. "Party Splits, not Progressives: The Origins of Proportional Representation in American Local Government." American Politics Research 45 (3): 494-526. — It takes a majority to pass multi-seat RCV. Historically, such majorities included ruling-party defectors and one or more minority parties.
- Santucci, Jack. 2020. "Did the Party System Change from 2012-2016?" Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, early version. — Some evidence that party-switching increased intraparty divisions on issues of redistribution.
- Santucci, Jack. Forthcoming. "Electoral Capitalism: The Party System in New York’s Gilded Age. By Jeffrey D. Broxmeyer. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020. 240p. $55.00 cloth.'' Perspectives on Politics.
- Santucci, Jack. 2021. "The politics industry: How political innovation can break partisan gridlock and save our democracy. Gehl, Katherine M. and Porter, Michael E. Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA, 2020. 316 pp. $30.00 (cloth)." Governance, early version. [Ungated]
- Santucci, Jack. 2020. "Multiparty America?" The Journal of Politics 82 (4): e35-e39. [Ungated] — Electoral reform is coalition reshuffling, begins with the choice of reform partners, and, historically in the United States, has curtailed rights instead of expanding voting.
- Latner, Michael S. and Jack Santucci. 2018. Possible Results of Proportional-voting Systems for Seattle Port Commission Elections. More Equitable Democracy, July 24.
- Santucci, Jack and Michael S. Latner. 2018. Voting-system Options for the Seattle Port Commission. More Equitable Democracy, May 11.
- Santucci, Jack. 2010. "What is the Future for Democracy Promotion?" Democracy & Society 7 (1): 5-7. — International democracy promotion depends on easy reform targets, which are disappearing.
- 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. — Campaign finance disclosure legislation must take account of local conditions, including unintended consequences.
- Santucci, Jack. 2006. "The Missing Half: Ensuring Fair Representation in Post-merger Essex, Vermont." National Civic Review 95 (3): 42-50. — There are ways to promote minority representation without moving to single-seat districts.