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The study of institutions is foundational in political science. We focus on political institutions in a variety of forms, such as legislatures, parties, interest groups, the bureaucracy, and international NGOs and governing bodies. Our research on institutions takes many approaches, including qualitative, quantitative, and interpretive analyses.

My research program has two intersecting foci.  The first is a lasting interest in the realm of activity that is neither market nor state.  I research the politics of nonprofit organizations in the policy process (see my 2017 Policy Studies Journal article).  What intrigues me is the work of people and...Read more

Paul M. Collins, Jr.

My research interests include understanding the democratic nature of the judiciary, interdisciplinary approaches to legal decision making, and social movement litigation.

I have published articles in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Journal of Law and Courts, Journal of Politics, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, Notre Dame...Read more

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Jane E. Fountain is Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and an adjunct distinguished professor by appointment in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She served as Political Science Department Chair from 2015 to 2018 and interim Director of the...Read more

My research interests include international relations, international relations theory, international political economy, international environmental politics, international institutions and global governance.

I am currently developing a research project on global issue coupling and global governance.  I am currently a member of the editorial boards of  Global Environmental Politics, Earth System...Read more

John Hird

My research interests include policy expertise and advising, regulatory policy-making, the use of information in policymaking, policy analysis, and environmental policy.Read more

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My research interests include world politics, international institutions, international political economy, technology, technological change, and ethics in science and engineering.

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My major areas of scholarly interest are political representation, social policy, voting rights policy, economic inequality, and political behavior. My first book, on the development of federal education policy - An Education in Politics: The Origin and Development of No Child Left Behind -  was published with Cornell University Press...Read more

My research centers on judicial policymaking in American politics, with a particular interest in the power of courts in the American policymaking context, and the implications of according policymaking power to judicial institutions in a democratic political system. My work has appeared in The Journal of Politics, Political Science Research & Methods, Journal...Read more

I seek to better understand the creative, contentious, and politically fraught processes that undergird the creation of new market economies. My first book, Order at the Bazaar: Power and Trade in Central Asia, is available with Cornell University Press (2017) and examines the bottom-up creation and institutionalization of local marketplace...Read more

Please see my website: www.kevinlyoung.net

My research focuses on issues germane to international political economy, in particular the politics of financial regulation, transnational policy networks, and the role of private business in shaping global governance. I am particularly interested in analyzing the ways in which regulatory policy...Read more