Larry M. Bartels
Co-Director, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions
May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science
Larry M. Bartels holds the May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science at Vanderbilt University. His scholarship and teaching focus on public opinion, electoral politics, public policy, and political representation. His books include Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government (with Christopher Achen) and Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age (2nd edition), both published in 2016. He is also the author of numerous scholarly articles, and of commentaries in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other prominent outlets. Bartels has received the Warren E. Miller Prize for contributions to the study of elections, public opinion, and voting behavior and Vanderbilt’s Earl Sutherland Prize for Career Achievement in Research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society.
- Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age, 2nd edition. New York and Princeton, NJ: Russell Sage Foundation and Princeton University Press (2016).
- Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government (with Christopher H. Achen). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (2016).
- Mass Politics in Tough Times: Opinions, Votes and Protests in the Great Recession (ed., with Nancy Bermeo). New York: Oxford University Press (2014).
- Campaign Reform: Insights and Evidence (ed., with Lynn Vavreck). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press (2000).
- Presidential Primaries and the Dynamics of Public Choice. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (1988).
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