Scott Gates

University of Oslo
Political Science

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Scott Gates' research interests include: applied game theoretic analysis, bureaucratic politics, organization theory, governance, power-sharing, peace-building, civil war, children and war, terrorism and other forms of political violence, and insurgency/counter-insurgency dynamics.

Brehm, John, and Scott Gates. 2015. “Bureaucratic politics arising from, not defined by, a principal–agency dyad”. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 25 (1): 27 – 42.
Abstract: We contrast two archetypal modes of research in principal-agency theory and in public administration: an aggregated mode which regards the agency as a unified whole, and a disaggregated mode attending to individuals. We argue for the virtues of the latter approach in that mechanisms are clear, verifiable, and specific. The aggregated approach may also be clear, at the cost of submerging internal conflicts while yielding powerful understandings of the cumulative performance of the agency. The challenge to those of us who advocate the individual, behavioral approach is to identify how to accumulate dyadic performance into larger structures of agency itself.
Gates, S., Hegre, H., Nygård, H. M., & Strand, H. 2012. "Development Consequences of Armed Conflict." World Development 40 (9):1713-1722.
Abstract: This paper conducts the first analysis of the effect of armed conflict on progress in meeting the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals. We also examine the effect of conflict on economic growth. Conflict has clear detrimental effects on the reduction of poverty and hunger, on primary education, on the reduction of child mortality, and on access to potable water. A medium-sized conflict with 2500 battle deaths is estimated to increase undernourishment an additional 3.3%, reduce life expectancy by about 1 year, increases infant mortality by 10%, and deprives an additional 1.8% of the population from access to potable water. Key words consequences of war; development; conflict; Millennium Development Goals; and, growth.
Gates, Scott, Haavard Hegre, Mark Jones, and Haavard Strand. 2006. "Institutional Inconsistency and Political Instability: Polity Duration, 1800-2000." American Journal of Political Science 50 (4):893-908.
Gates, Scott, and Simon Reich, eds. 2009. Children and Armed Conflict in the Age of Fractured States. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
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Brehm, John, and Scott Gates. 2008. "Teaching, Tasks, and Trust. Functions of the Public Executive." In Russell Sage Foundation Series on Trust. New York: Russell Sage.

Substantive Focus:
Governance PRIMARY
Defense and Security
International Relations SECONDARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY