Manoel Gehrke is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Bocconi University. Manoel Gehrke is a researcher at CLEAN, a unit that focuses on organized crime, corruption and money laundering. Manoel Gehrke works in the fields of comparative politics and political economy of development with a regional focus on Latin America. His research investigates the effectiveness of anti-corruption interventions, the role of money in politics, electoral fraud and government responsiveness in developing democracies.
His book project examines how politicians react to anti-corruption investigations and enforcement using natural experiments and quasi-experimental designs. Politicians’ reactions to anti-corruption interventions moderate their effectiveness. Incriminated politicians avoid damages to their careers by re-optimizing their rent-sharing strategies: they share more of the spoils of holding office with other elected officials who are crucial for their short-term survival in government. Manoel has also conducted research on how political parties react to interventions that aim at reducing electoral fraud in Colombia.
He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA in 2019. Previously, he earned a MSc. in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University, an MA in International Politics from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) and a BA in Economics from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).
Contact: gehrke.manoel (at) unibocconi.it