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Rodolfo Sarsfield

Visiting Professor    Department of Political Science

Ph.D., FLASCO/Georgetown University/University of Salamanca
M.A., Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina
B.A., Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina


Professor Sarsfield’s research focuses on the study of social norms, preference formation, and political attitudes, with an emphasis on the attitudes toward democracy, corruption, informal rules, and the rule of law in Latin America. Also, he focuses his research on concepts and methods in political science. He is the editor of one book and of one special issue for Justice System Journal (with Ryan E. Carlin). He has published more than two dozen journal articles and contributions to edited volumes.

He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in 2004. He has been Associate Researcher of the Latin American Public Opinion Project at Vanderbilt University, and Affiliated Researcher of the Department of Legal Studies at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE).



Rodolfo Sarsfield (2014). “Political Corruption in Mexico” [Politische Korruption in Mexiko], in Barbara Schroter (Ed.), Das politische System Mexikos, Springer: Berlin, pp. 539-557.

Rodolfo Sarsfield (2013). “Is Obeying the Law Individually Rational? Micro-Foundation of the Rule of Law” [¿Es racional, desde el punto de vista individual, obedecer la ley? Microfundamentos del estado de derecho], Gestión y Política Pública, 23 (2): 195-221 (2013).  

Rodolfo Sarsfield (2012). “The Bribe Game: Microfoundations of Corruption in Mexico”, Justice System Journal 33 (2): 215-235 (2012).

Andreas Schedler and Rodolfo Sarsfield (2007). “Democrats with Adjectives: Linking Direct and Indirect Measure of Democratic Support”, European Journal of Political Research, 46 (5): 637-659.

Rodolfo Sarsfield and Fabian Echegaray (2006). “Opening the Black Box. How Satisfaction with Democracy and Its Perceived Efficacy Affect Regime Preference in Latin America”, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 18 (2): 153-73.