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, G. “Substance vs. procedure: Constitutional enforcement and constitutional choice.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 80, no. 2, Oct. 2011, pp. 309–18. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2011.06.030. Full Text

Engstrom, E. J., and G. Vanberg. “Assessing the Allocation of Pork: Evidence From Congressional Earmarks.” American Politics Research, vol. 38, no. 6, Oct. 2010, pp. 959–85. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1532673X10369529. Full Text

Vanberg, G., and Erik Engstrom. “Assessing the Partisan Allocation of Pork: Evidence from Congressional Earmarks.” American Politics Research, vol. 38, 2010, pp. 958–85.

Vanberg, G. S. “The Will of the People: A Comparative Perspective on Friedman.” Michigan State Law Review, vol. 3, 2010, pp. 717–28.

McGuire, K. T., et al. “Measuring policy content on the U.S. Supreme court.” Journal of Politics, vol. 71, no. 4, Oct. 2009, pp. 1305–21. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0022381609990107. Full Text

Martin, L. W., and G. Vanberg. “A robust transformation procedure for interpreting political text.” Political Analysis, vol. 16, no. 1, Dec. 2008, pp. 93–100. Scopus, doi:10.1093/pan/mpm010. Full Text

Martin, L. W., and G. Vanberg. “Reply to Benoit and Laver.” Political Analysis, vol. 16, no. 1, Dec. 2008, pp. 112–14. Scopus, doi:10.1093/pan/mpm018. Full Text

Martin, L. W., and G. Vanberg. “Coalition government and political communication.” Political Research Quarterly, vol. 61, no. 3, Sept. 2008, pp. 502–16. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1065912907308348. Full Text

Staton, J. K., and G. Vanberg. “The value of vagueness: Delegation, defiance, and judicial opinions.” American Journal of Political Science, vol. 52, no. 3, July 2008, pp. 504–19. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1540-5907.2008.00326.x. Full Text

Rogers, J. R., and G. Vanberg. “Resurrecting lochner: A defense of unprincipled judicial activism.” Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, vol. 23, no. 2, June 2007, pp. 442–68. Scopus, doi:10.1093/jleo/ewm029. Full Text