Allan Kornberg

Allan Kornberg

Norb F. Schaefer Professor Emeritus of International Studies

External Address: 
304 Perkins Library, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4302
Comparative Politics

Allan Kornberg is Norb F. Schaefer Professor of Political Science at Duke University. His research concentrates on political parties, legislatures, and comparative political behavior. He is the author of Canadian Legislative Behavior: A Study of the 25th Parliament; co-author of Influence in Parliament: Canada; Citizen Politicians- Canada; Representative Democracy in the Canadian Provinces; Citizens and Community; and A Polity on the Edge: Canada and the Politics of Fragmentation; co-author and editor of Political Support in Canada; Legislatures in Developmental Perspective; Legislatures in Comparative Perspective; Minorities and the Canadian State; The Resurgence of Conservatism in Anglo-American Democracies; and has contributed chapters to a number of other books. Articles by him have appeared in the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Political Quarterly, and other professional journals. His present research focuses on the sources, distribution and consequences of variations in public support for a political regime. From 1993-1995, he served as the first Director of the Division of Social, Behavioral & Economic Research of the National Science Foundation.


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1964

Clarke, HD, Kornberg, A, Scotto, TJ, and Stewart, MC. "Political Choices in Hard Times: Voting in the 2010 U.S. House Elections." Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 22.2 (May 1, 2012): 139-165. Full Text

Clarke, HD, Kornberg, A, Scotto, TJ, Reifler, J, Sanders, D, Stewart, MC, and Whiteley, P. "Yes we can! Valence politics and electoral choice in America, 2008." ELECTORAL STUDIES 30.3 (September 2011): 450-461. Full Text

Clarke, HD, Scotto, TJ, and Kornberg, A. "Valence politics and economic crisis: Electoral choice in Canada 2008." ELECTORAL STUDIES 30.3 (September 2011): 438-449. Full Text

Scotto, TJ, Clarke, HD, Kornberg, A, Reifler, J, Sanders, D, Stewart, MC, and Whiteley, P. "The dynamic political economy of support for Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election campaign." Electoral Studies 29.4 (December 2010): 545-556. Full Text

Clarke, HD, Kornberg, A, and Scotto, TJ. "Accentuating the Negative? A Political Efficacy Question-Wording-Experiment." METHODOLOGY-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF RESEARCH METHODS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES 6.3 (2010): 107-117. Full Text

Clarke, HD, Kornberg, A, Scotto, T, and Twyman, J. "Flawless campaign, fragile victory: Voting in Canada's 2006 federal election." PS-POLITICAL SCIENCE & POLITICS 39.4 (October 2006): 815-819.

Clarke, HD, Kornberg, A, MacLeod, J, and Scotto, T. "Too close to call: Political choice in Canada, 2004." PS-POLITICAL SCIENCE & POLITICS 38.2 (April 2005): 247-253.

Scotto, TJ, Stephenson, LB, and Kornberg, A. "From a two-party-plus to a one-party-plus? Ideology, vote choice, and prospects for a competitive party system in Canada." ELECTORAL STUDIES 23.3 (September 2004): 463-483. Full Text

CLARKE, HD, KORNBERG, A, and STEWART, MC. "Referendum Voting as Political Choice: The Case of Quebec." British Journal of Political Science 34.2 (April 2004): 345-355. Full Text

Stephenson, LB, Scotto, TJ, and Kornberg, A. "Slip, sliding away or le plus ça change ..: Canadian and American partisanship in comparative perspective." American Review of Canadian Studies 34.2 (January 1, 2004): 283-312. Full Text


Leal, DL, Bilodeau, A, Carty, RK, Christensen, K, Clarke, HD, Eagles, M, Kanji, M, Kornberg, A, Lipinski, D, Scotto, TJ, Studlar, DT, and Twyman, J. "Canada: The unknown country." October 1, 2006. Full Text

Selected Grants

Canada Shifts Green? The Economy, the Environment and Electoral Choice in a Contemporary Mature Democracy awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2009

Electoral Choice and Political Support in Contemporary Canada: Changing Choices and Rival Models awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2005

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Thomas J. Scotto awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2005

(89-0078) Support for Democratic Polities: The Case of Canada awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1988 to 1990