Mathew D. McCubbins, Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law

Mathew D. McCubbins
Contact Info:
Office Location:  Duke Law School 210 Science Dr, Duke Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 613-7006
Email Address:  
Web Page:   http://law.duke.edu/fac/mccubbins/

Office Hours:

By appointment only
Education:

Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1983
Specialties:

Political Economy
Research Interests:

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.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Katz, JN; McCubbins, MD, Constitutions of exception: The constitutional foundations of the interruption of executive and legislative function, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, vol. 174 no. 1 (March, 2018), pp. 77-98 [doi]  [abs].
  2. Burnett, CM; McCubbins, MD, Is political knowledge unique?, Political Science Research and Methods (January, 2018), pp. 1-8, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi]  [abs].
  3. McCubbins, M; Seljan, E, Fiscal Secession: An Analysis of Special Assessment Financing in California, Urban Affairs Review (2018), pp. 1-33 .
  4. McCubbins, M; Seljan, E, Fiscal Secession: An Analysis of Special Assessment Financing in California, Urban Affairs Review (2018) .
  5. McCubbins, M; Greene, S, The Collateral Consequences of Criminal Charges (2018) .