A Virginia native, Israel Marques is an assistant professor of Politics and Governance at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia and a research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development, an international laboratory at the NRU – HSE.
His research agenda explores the political economy of service provision in middle-income countries, particularly the post-communist countries of Europe and Asia. Service provision is of central to many key topics in political science and economics, including electoral outcomes, popular support for governments, and economic development. Yet despite extensive work to understand the political dimension of service provision, the ways in which institutions – human constraints on human interaction – shape demand for services have often been overlooked. Weak institutions lead to many problems, including low accountability, weak rule of law, and corruption. His work builds on the insight that these problems shape demand for services by both enabling select groups to benefit at the expense of others, while creating new vulnerabilities for everyone else. His work applies this insight to explain supply and demand for a range of policies among both businesses and the general population, including vocational education and training, redistributive social policies, and property rights. His work shows that quite often diverse groups of actors support service provision in settings where institutions are poor despite their weaknesses quality albeit for quite different reasons. Explaining the logic of support among different groups is his key contribution.
Israel received his Ph.D from Columbia University in 2016. Prior to that, he graduated with honors from Dartmouth College in 2007 with a dual degree in Government and History modified. He currently lives with his wife and children in Moscow, Russia.