Research Interests

Weingast's research lie at the intersection of politics, economics, law, and history. His most recent work focuses on the political foundation of markets, economic reform, and democratic stability. He has written extensively on problems of political economy of development, federalism and decentralization, legal institutions and the rule of law, and democracy. Weingast's major works include: co-author of "Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History" (with Douglass C. North and John Joseph Wallis, 2009); co-editor (with Donald Wittman) "The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy" (2006); "Bureaucratic Discretion or Congressional Control: Regulatory Policymaking by the FTC" (with Mark Moran) Journal of Political Economy (1983); "The Industrial Organization of Congress" (with William Marshall), Journal of Political Economy (1988); "Structure and Process, Politics and Policy: Administrative Arrangements and the Political Control of Agencies" (With Mathew McCubbins and Roger Noll) Virginia Law Review (1989); "Constitutions and Commitment: The Evolution of Institutions Governing Public Choice in 17th Century England" (with Douglass North). Journal of Economic History (1989); "The Economic Role of Political Institutions: Market-Preserving Federalism and Economic Development." Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization (1995); "The Political Foundations of Democracy and the Rule of Law." American Political Science Review (1997); and "Second Generation Fiscal Federalism: The Implications of Fiscal Incentives" Journal of Urban Economics (2009).

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Section 53: Social and Political Sciences

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Section 54: Economic Sciences