Professors John Ferejohn and Lewis Kornhauser

Fall 2016
Tuesday, 4:00-5:50 p.m.
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208

2 credits

The course will investigate a wide variety of topics ranging from the foundations of rational choice theory (an inquiry important to the evaluation of the use of the theory in understanding law) to applications to questions of immediate interest. Economists and political scientists have used the theory to investigate a number of topics of central interest to the law such as (a) how the organization of Congress affects the nature and content of legislation enacted; (b) the relation between courts and Congress; (c) Congressional and judicial control of administrative agencies; (d) federalism; and (e) the structure of adjudication.

Fall 2016 Schedule of Presenters

September 6

Ricky Revesz (New York University School of Law, Lawrence King Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus)
"The Genesis of Independent Agencies"  (with Patrick M. Corrigan, Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP)

September 20

Nolan McCarty (Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School)  
"Unequal Incomes, Ideology and Gridlock:  How Rising Inequality Increases Political Polarization"  (with John Voorheis, Economist, U.S. Census Bureau and Boris Shor, University of Houston, Department of Political Science)   

October 4

Federica Carugati (Indiana University, Bloomington, Department of Political Science)
"Constitution and Coordination:  Behavior, Institutions and Institutional Change in Ancient Athens"

October 18

William Easterly (New York University, Department of Economics and Co-Director NYU Development Research Institute)
"Shrinking Dictators:  How Much Economic Growth Can We Attribute to National Leaders?"

November 1

Melissa Schwartzberg (New York University, Politics Department, Fall 2016 Center for Human Values
Princeton University)
"Civil Juries and Democratic Legitimacy"


Richard R.W. Brooks (Visiting Faculty, Fall 2016 New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School)
"Law, Political Titles and Interpersonal Address:  A Model of State Formation"

NOvember 29

David Brady (Stanford University, Department of Political Science)  "The Electoral Basis of Political Instability in the United States 1937-2016"


Colloquium questions: Máire Kimble at or (212) 998-6179