Mathew D. McCubbins

Mathew D. McCubbins

Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of Political Science in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

External Address: 
Duke Law School 210 Science Dr, Duke Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Law School, Duke Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 
(919) 613-7006
Specialties: 
Political Economy

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.

Education

  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology 1983

McCubbins, M, and Cox, G. "The Institutional Determinants of Economic Policy Outcomes." Presidents, Parliaments, and Policy. Cambridge University Press, 2000. (Chapter)

McCubbins, M. "Gridlock and the Democratic Tradeoff Between Decisiveness and Resoluteness." The Encyclopedia of Democratic Thought. Routledge Press, 2000. (Chapter)

McCubbins, M. "Legislative Process." The Encyclopedia of Democratic Thought. Routledge Press, 2000. (Chapter)

McCubbins, M, Heller, W, and Keefer, P. "Political Structure and Economic Liberalization: Conditions and Cases from the Developing World." The Origins of Liberty: Political and Economic Liberalization in the Modern World. Princeton University Pres, 1998. (Chapter)

McCubbins, M, and Drake, P. "The Origins of Liberty." The Origins of Liberty: Political and Economic Liberalization in the Modern World. Princeton University Press, 1998. (Chapter)

McCubbins, M. "Afterword." The Origins of Liberty: Political and Economic Liberalization in the Modern World. Princeton University Press, 1998. (Chapter)

McCubbins, M. "Legislative Control of Bureaucratic Policy Making." New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law. 1998. (Chapter)

McCubbins, M, and Noble, G. "Equilibrium Behavior and the Appearance of Power: Legislators, Bureaucrats and the Budget Process in the U.S. and Japan." Structure and Policy in Japan and the United States. Cambridge University Press, 1995. (Chapter)

McCubbins, M, and Noble, G. "Perceptions and Realities of Japanese Budgeting." Structure and Policy in Japan and the United States. Cambridge University Press, 1995. (Chapter)

McCubbins, M, and Rosenbluth, F. "Partisan Allocation of the Personal Vote in Japan and the United States." Structure and Policy in Japan and the United States. Cambridge University Press, 1995. (Chapter)

Pages

McCubbins, M, and Kogan, V. "Changing Tracks? The Prospect for California Pension Reforms." California Journal of Politics and Policy 2 (2010): 1944-4370.

McCubbins, M, Israeli, A, Paturi, R, and Vattani, A. "Low Memory Distributed Protocols for 2-Coloring." Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Stabilization, Safety and Security of Distributed Systems, 12th International Symposium 6366 (2010): 303-318.

McCubbins, M, Akirav, O, and Cox, G. "Agenda Control in the Israeli Knesset During Ariel Sharon's Second Government." Journal of Legislative Studies 16 (2010): 251-267.

McCubbins, M, Boudreau, C, Rodriguez, D, and Weller, N. "Making Talk Cheap (and Problems Easy): How Legal and Political Institutions Can Facilitate Consensus." Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 7 (2010): 868-885.

McCubbins, M, Burnett, C, and Garrett, E. "The Dilemma of Direct Democracy." Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy 9 (2010): 305-324.

McCubbins, M, and Boudreau, C. "Competition in the Courtroom: When Does Expert Testimony Improve Juror's Decisions." Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 6 (2009): 793-817.

McCubbins, M, Boudreau, C, and Coulson, S. "Knowing When to Trust Others: An ERP Study of Decision-Making After Receiving Information From Unknown People." Social, Coginitive, and Affective Neuroscience 4 (2009): 23-34.

McCubbins, M, and Kogan, V. "The Problem of Being Special: Democratic Values and Special Assessments." Public Works Management and Policy 14 (2009): 4-36.

McCubbins, M, Paturi, R, and Weller, N. "Connected Coordination: Network Structure and Group Coordination." American Politics Research 37 (2009): 899-920.

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