Georg Vanberg

Georg Vanberg

Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, 219 Gross Hall, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-4311
Comparative Politics, Methods, Political Economy, Political Institutions

Georg Vanberg (Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1999) is Professor of Political Science and Law, and current Chair of the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on political institutions, including courts, legislatures, and coalition governance. He is the author of Parliaments and Coalitions (with Lanny Martin, Oxford University Press), and The Politics of Constitutional Review in Germany (Cambridge University Press).  His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, and was awarded the 2012 Richard F. Fenno Prize of the American Political Science Association for the Best Book in Legislative Studies, the 2013 Award for the Best Paper published in The Journal of Politics, and the 2015 Elinor Ostrom Prize for the Best Paper published in the Journal of Theoretical Politics. He served as editor of the journal Public Choice (2011-2016), and is a past President of the Public Choice Society (2016-18).


  • Ph.D., University of Rochester 1999

Vanberg, GS. "Legislative Institutions and Coalition Government." The Oxford Handbook of Legislative Studies. Ed. S Martin, T Saalfeld, and KW Strøm. Oxford University Press, June 19, 2014.

Vanberg, G. ""John Marshall has made his decision": Implementation, transparency, and public support." Institutional Games and the U.S. Supreme Court. October 5, 2012. 89-116.

Vanberg, G. ""John Marshall has made his decision": Implementation,transparency, and public support." Institutional Games and the U.S. Supreme Court. September 28, 2012. 69-96.

Vanberg, G. "Establishing and Maintaining Judicial Independence." The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics. August 14, 2008. Full Text

Vanberg, GS. "Verfassungsgerichtsbarkeit und Gesetzgebung: Zum politischen Spielraum des Bun-desverfassungsgerichtes." Neue theoretische Perspektiven auf das deutsche Regierungssystem. Ed. P Manow and S Ganghof. Cologne: Max-Planck-Institut f ̈ ur Gesellschafts- forschung, 2005.

Fortunato, D, Martin, LW, and Vanberg, G. "Committee Chairs and Legislative Review in Parliamentary Democracies." British Journal of Political Science 49.2 (April 1, 2019): 785-797. (Review) Full Text

Vanberg, G. "Constitutional political economy, democratic theory and institutional design." Public Choice 177.3-4 (December 1, 2018): 199-216. Full Text

Munger, M, and Vanberg, G. "Gordon Tullock as a political scientist." Constitutional Political Economy 27.2 (April 1, 2016): 194-213. Full Text Open Access Copy

Benjamin, S, and Vanberg, G. "Judicial Retirements and the Staying Power of U.S. Supreme Court Decisions." Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 13.1 (2016): 5-26.

Martin, LW, and Vanberg, G. "Parties and policymaking in multiparty governments: The legislative median, ministerial autonomy, and the coalition compromise." American Journal of Political Science 58.4 (October 1, 2014): 979-996. Full Text

Fox, J, and Vanberg, G. "Narrow versus broad judicial decisions." Journal of Theoretical Politics 26.3 (January 1, 2014): 355-383. Full Text

Martin, LW, and Vanberg, G. "A step in the wrong direction: An appraisal of the zero-intelligence model of government formation." Journal of Politics 76.4 (January 1, 2014): 873-879. Full Text

Martin, LW, and Vanberg, G. "Multiparty government, fiscal institutions, and public spending." Journal of Politics 75.4 (October 1, 2013): 953-967. Full Text

Carrubba, C, Friedman, B, Martin, AD, and Vanberg, G. "Who Controls the Content of Supreme Court Opinions?." American Journal of Political Science 56.2 (April 1, 2012): 400-412. Full Text

Vanberg, GS, and Vanberg, V. "Towards a (re-)integration of the social sciences: The Calculus of Consent at 50." Public Choice (2012): 245-252.


Vanberg, G, and Martin, L. "“Legislative Institutions and Coalition Government.”." Ed. T Saalfeld, K Strøm, and S Martin. (2013).

Selected Grants

Or Honig Support awarded by Israel Institute (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018