Mathew D. McCubbins
Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of Political Science in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
McCubbins is perhaps best known for the argument that legislative majorities, whether they be the dominant legislative party or a coalition parties governments (even supported minority coalitions) usurp the power resident in the legislature for their own purposes. Within busy legislatures, legislation is controlled as a consequence of a party or coalition of parties capturing control of key legislative assets, such as congressional committee in the US Congress, which because of the rules have blocking (or veto power) and thus serve as a gateway (or gate) to discussion of a bill by the full plenum. The legislative process is replete with gates that are both subtle and gross. All other powers to set the agenda arise as a consequence of creating and controlling the legislative process.
- Ph.D., California Institute of Technology 1983
Cox, GW, and McCubbins, MD. Legislative leviathan: Party government in the house, second edition. January 1, 2007. Full Text
McCubbins, M. Legislative Leviathan: Party Government in the House. Cambridge University Press, 2007. (Monograph)
McCubbins, M. Party, Process, and Political Change in Congress, Volume 2: Further New Perspectives on the History of Congress. Stanford University Press, 2007. (Edited Book)
McCubbins, M, and Cox, G. Setting the Agenda: Responsible Party Government in the US House of Representatives. Cambridge University Press, 2005. (Monograph)
McCubbins, M. Party, Process and Political Change in Congress, Volume 1: New Perspectives on the History of Congress. Stanford University Press, 2002. (Edited Book)
McCubbins, M, Gerber, E, Lupia, A, and Kiewiet, D. Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy. Prentice-Hall, 2001. (Monograph)
McCubbins, M, and Lupia, A. Elements of Reason: Cognition, Choice and the Bounds of Rationality. Cambridge University Press, 2000. (Edited Book)
McCubbins, M, and Haggard, S. Presidents, Parliaments, and Policy. Cambridge University Press, 2000. (Edited Book)
McCubbins, M. The Origins of Liberty: Political and Economic Liberalism in the Modern World. Princeton University Press, 1998. (Edited Book)
McCubbins, M, and Lupia, A. The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know?. Cambridge University Press, 1998. (Monograph)
McCubbins, M, Lucas, G, and Turner, M. "Against Game Theory." Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource. 2015. 1-16. (Chapter)
McCubbins, M. "Common Agency? Legislatures and Bureaucracies." Oxford Handbook of Legislative Studies. 2014. 567-587. (Chapter)
McCubbins, M, Turner, M, and Weller, N. "Testing the Foundations of Quantal Response Equilibrium." Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction. 2013. 144-153. (Chapter)
McCubbins, M. "The Mythology of Game Theory." Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling & Prediction. Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 2012. (Chapter)
McCubbins, M, Turner, M, and Weller, N. "The Theory of Minds Within the Theory of Games." Proceedings of the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence. 2012. (Chapter)
McCubbins, M, and Weller, N. "Effects of Network Structure on Costly Coordination." Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Fall Symposium on Social Networks and Social Contagion. 2012. (Chapter)
Turner, M. "Going Cognitive: Tools for Rebuilding the Social Sciences." Grounding Social Sciences in Cognitive Sciences. 2012. (Chapter)
McCubbins, M, Noll, R, and Weingast, B. "Administrative Procedures as Instruments of Political Control." Principles and Practice of American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings. 2012. 369-383. (Chapter)
Cox, GW, and McCubbins, MD. "Managing Plenary Time: The U.S. Congress in Comparative Context." The Oxford Handbook of the American Congress. May 2, 2011. Full Text
McCubbins, M, Enemark, D, Paturi, R, and Weller, N. "Does More Connectivity Help Groups to Solve Social Problems?." Proceedings of the ACM Conference of Electronic Commerce. 2011. (Chapter)
Katz, JN, and McCubbins, MD. "Constitutions of exception: The constitutional foundations of the interruption of executive and legislative function." Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 174.1 (March 1, 2018): 77-98. Full Text
McCubbins, M, and Greene, S. "The Collateral Consequences of Criminal Charges (In preparation)." (2018).
Enemark, D, Gibson, CC, McCubbins, MD, and Seim, B. "Effect of holding office on the behavior of politicians." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113.48 (November 29, 2016): 13690-13695. Full Text
McCubbins, M, and Seljan, E. "Neighborhoods by Assessment: An Analysis of Non-Ad Valorem Financing in California (In preparation)." (2016).
McCubbins, M, and Burnett, C. "Marriage on the Ballot: An Analysis of Same-Sex Marriage Referendums in North Carolina, Minnesota, and Washington During the 2012 Elections." Chapman Law Review 19 (2016): 1-34.
McCubbins, M, Enemark, D, and Turner, M. "Nashbots: How Political Scientists have Underestimated Human Rationality, and How to Fix it (In preparation)." (2016).
McCubbins, M, Enemark, D, and Weller, N. "Knowledge and Networks: An Experimental Test of How Network Knowledge Affects Coordination." Social Networks 36 (2014): 122-133.
McCubbins, M, and Turner, M. "Are Individuals Fickle-Minded?." (2014): 237-252.
McCubbins, M, and Kiewiet, D. "State and Local Government Finance: The New Fiscal Ice Age." Annual Review of Political Science 17 (2014): 105-122.
McCubbins, M, and McCubbins, C. "Cheating on Their Taxes: When are Tax Limitations Effective at Limiting State Taxes, Expenditures, and Budgets?." Tax Law Review 67 (2014): 507-542.