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Professor Matthew Soberg Shugart

“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”—James Madison

 

Professor of Political Science

Department of Political Science
University of California, Davis

One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 965616

Welcome to my academic web pages. These pages contain links to most of my publications (though many of these links require a password or access via a university library server). The "work in progress" page contains downloadable files of some of my ongoing projects.

My research agenda focuses on how the details of political institutions affect the quality of democratic governance. My specific interests are in electoral systems and the constitutional design of executive–legislative relations.

I moved to the Department of Political Science at UC Davis in January, 2013. Previously I was at UCSD (from 1989), with appointments in both the Department of Political Science and the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. In the spring and summer of 2010, I was a Visiting Professor and Lady Davis Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.