Kenneth Shepsle



  • Advisor
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth


  • Harvard University
Department of Government


  • United States


PhD (Political Science), University of Rochester
BA (Mathematics, Political Science), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Kenneth A. Shepsle is a political scientist who has written numerous articles on formal political theory, congressional and parliamentary politics, public policy and political economy. His current research focuses on formal models of political institutions, strategic politicians and intergenerational politics.


Honoris Causa Laurea Magistrale, University of Genoa, 2012

Vice-President of the American Political Science Association, 1992–1993

Member of the National Academy of Sciences, 1990

Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990

Relevant Publications

Eguia, J.X., and K.A. Shepsle. "Legislative Bargaining with Endogenous Rules.” JOP 77, no. 4 (2015): 1076–1088.

Hall, A., and K.A. Shepsle. "The Changing Value of Seniority in the U.S. House: Conditional Party Government Revised.” JOP 76, no. 1 (2014): 98–114.

Muthoo, A., and K.A. Shepsle. "Seniority and Incumbency in Legislatures." Econ. Polit. 26, no. 1 (March 2014): 13–37.

Shepsle, K.A. Analyzing Politics. 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010.

Shepsle, K.A. "The Rules of the Game: What Rules? Which Game?” In Institutions, Property Rights and Economic Growth: The Legacy of Douglass North, edited by Sebastian Galiani and Itai Sened, 66–84. New York: Cambridge University Press.