John Ferejohn

John Ferejohn is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Carolyn S. G. Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He is also a professor (by courtesy) in the Department of Economics and in the Graduate School of Business.

His primary areas of scholarly interest are political theory and the study of political institutions and behavior. His current research focuses on Congress, law and legislation, constitutional adjudication in the United States and Europe, separation of powers, political campaigns and elections, and the philosophy of social science.

Formerly a professor of political science at the California Institute of Technology, Ferejohn came to Hoover and Stanford University in 1983 and has taught courses in American government, political philosophy, and positive political theory. He has held fellowships with the Brookings Institution, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois, and the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science and the National Academy of Sciences, as well as of the editorial boards of Social Choice and Welfare, Democratization, Supreme Court Economic Review, and the Cambridge Press series Philosophy and Law and Economics and Philosophy.

Ferejohn is coeditor of Constitutional Culture and Democratic Rule (Cambridge University Press, 2001). He is the author of Pork Barrel Politics and a coauthor of The Personal Vote (Harvard University Press, 1987).

He has written articles on political science, philosophy, and economics including congressional elections, legislative policy making, the design of decision-making institutions, the theory of legislative behavior, democratic theory, and the relationship between law and politics.

Ferejohn earned his Ph.D. degree in political science at Stanford University in 1972.


John Ferejohn's Books

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The New Federalism

Editors: John Ferejohn, Barry R. Weingast
ISBN: 978-0-8179-9512-6

The New Federalism investigates whether returning a variety of regulatory and police powers back to the states will yield better government. It poses the provocative question, Can the states be trusted? and emerges with a qualified yes. This book should be an invaluable resource to federal and state policymakers alike.

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