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. S., and J. Rogers. “Resurrecting Lochner: A Continent Defense of Judicial Activism.” Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 2007, pp. 442–68.

Martin, L. W., and G. Vanberg. “Coalition policymaking and legislative review.” American Political Science Review, vol. 99, no. 1, Feb. 2005, pp. 93–106. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0003055405051518. Full Text

Martin, L. W., and G. Vanberg. “Policing the Bargain: Coalition Government and Parliamentary Scrutiny.” American Journal of Political Science, vol. 48, no. 1, Jan. 2004, pp. 13–27. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.0092-5853.2004.00053.x. Full Text

Martin, L. W., and G. Vanberg. “Wasting time? The impact of ideology and size on delay in coalition formation.” British Journal of Political Science, vol. 33, no. 2, Apr. 2003, pp. 323–32. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0007123403000140. Full Text

Rogers, J. R., and G. Vanberg. “Judicial advisory opinions and legislative outcomes in comparative perspective.” American Journal of Political Science, vol. 46, no. 2, Jan. 2002, pp. 379–97. Scopus, doi:10.2307/3088383. Full Text

Alter, K. J., et al. “Law, Political Science and EU Legal Studies: An Interdisciplinary Project?.” European Union Politics, vol. 3, no. 1, Jan. 2002, pp. 113–36. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1465116502003001006. Full Text

Vanberg, G. S. “Law, Politics, and Interdisciplinary Work.” European Union Politics, 2002, pp. 127–35.

Vanberg, G. “Legislative-judicial relations: A game-theoretic approach to constitutional review.” American Journal of Political Science, vol. 45, no. 2, Jan. 2001, pp. 346–61. Scopus, doi:10.2307/2669345. Full Text

Powell, G. B., and G. S. Vanberg. “Election laws, disproportionality and median correspondence: Implications for two visions of democracy.” British Journal of Political Science, vol. 30, no. 3, July 2000, pp. 383–411.

Vanberg, G. “Establishing judicial independence in West Germany: The impact of opinion leadership and the separation of powers.” Comparative Politics, vol. 32, no. 3, Jan. 2000, pp. 333–53. Scopus, doi:10.2307/422370. Full Text