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Kenneth Shepsle Political scientist

Kenneth A. Shepsle 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.

Elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences, 1990.

Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990.

Relevant Publications

A. Muthoo and K. A. Shepsle, "Seniority and Incumbency in Legislatures," Econ. Polit., vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 13-37, Mar. 2014.

J. X. Eguia and K. A. Shepsle, "Legislative Bargaining with Endogenous Rules,” JOP, vol. 77, no. 4, forthcoming.

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

K. A. Shepsle, "The Rules of the Game: What Rules? Which Game?” in Institutions, Property Rights and Economic Growth: The Legacy of Douglass North, (Sebastian Galiani and Itai Sened, Eds), New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 66-84. 2014.


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



Advisor Institutions, Organizations & Growth


Harvard UniversityDepartment of Government


PhD (Political Science) University of Rochester

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


United States

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