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Ae sil Woo

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Merced. My primary research interests focus on institutions in dictatorships, particularly on legislatures and configurations of legislative procedures. My work examines the effects of legislative procedures on various outcomes including dissent and repression.

My dissertation, "Designing the Rules of the Game: Legislative Procedures in Authoritarian Legislatures," explores why dictators create heterogeneous legislative institutions and the effects of those institutions on a variety of political outcomes. In the project, I show formally that legislative processes that allocate power to members of the opposition produce the similar policy outcomes as those produced via processes where dictators monopolize legislative power.