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Arthur Lupia

Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

Research Professor, Institute for Social Research

Treasurer, American Political Science Association

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Direct Democracy

Arthur Lupia. 1992. "Busy Voters, Agenda Control and the Power of Information." American Political Science Review 86:390-403.

Arthur Lupia. 1993. "Credibility and the Responsiveness of Direct Legislation." In William A. Barnett, Norman J. Schofield and Melvin J. Hinich (eds.) Political Economy: Institutions, Competition and Representation 379-404. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Arthur Lupia. 1994. "The Effect of Information on Voting Behavior and Electoral Outcomes: An Experimental Study of Direct Legislation." Public Choice 78: 65-86.

Arthur Lupia. 1994. "Shortcuts versus Encyclopedias: Information and Voting Behavior in California Insurance Reform Elections." American Political Science Review 88:63-76.
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Elisabeth Gerber and Arthur Lupia. 1995. "Campaign Competition and Policy Responsiveness in Direct Legislation Campaigns." Political Behavior 17:287-306.

Arthur Lupia and Mathew D. McCubbins. 1998. The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know? New York: Cambridge University Press.
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Elisabeth R. Gerber and Arthur Lupia. 1999. "Voter Competence in Direct Legislation Elections." In Steven L. Elkin and Karol E. Soltan (eds.) Democracy and Citizen Competence . University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 147 - 160.

Arthur Lupia and Richard Johnston. 2001. "Are Voters to Blame? Voter Competence and Elite Maneuvers in Public Referendums." In Matthew Mendelsohn and Andrew Parkin (eds.) Referendum Democracy: Citizens, Elites, and Deliberation in Referendum Campaigns . Toronto: MacMillan/St. Martin's Press, 191-210.

Arthur Lupia. 2001. "Dumber than Chimps? An Assessment of Direct Democracy Voters." In Larry J. Sabato, Bruce Larson, and Howard Ernst (eds.) Dangerous Democracy? The Battle Over Ballot Initiatives in America. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 66 - 70.

Elisabeth R. Gerber, Arthur Lupia, Mathew D. McCubbins, and D. Roderick Kiewiet. 2001. Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Arthur Lupia. 2002. "Who Can Persuade Whom? Implications from the Nexus of Psychology and Rational Choice Theory." In James H. Kuklinski (ed.) Thinking About Political Psychology . New York: Cambridge University Press, 51-88.

Arthur Lupia and John G. Matsusaka. 2004. "Direct Democracy: New Approaches to Old Problems." Annual Review of Political Science 7:463-482.

Elisabeth R. Gerber, Arthur Lupia and Mathew McCubbins. 2004. "When Does Government Limit the Impact of Voter Initiatives?" Journal of Politics 66:43-68.

Arthur Lupia and Mathew D. McCubbins. 2005. The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know? (Japanese translation). Tokyo : Bokutakusha.
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>The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know? (1998)

> Elements of Reason: Cognition, Choice, and the Bounds of Rationality (2000)

> Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy (2001)

> Positive Changes in Political Science: The Legacy of Richard D. McKelvey's Most Influential Writings (2007)

> The Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Political Science (2010)


Research Topics

Voting/Mass Decisions
 > Civic Competence
 > Deliberation
 > Direct Democracy
 > Experiments
 > Models
 > Political Communication
Political Psychology
 > Racially Polarized Voting

Legislation/Elite Decisions
 > Delegation and Accountability
 > McCain/Feingold
 > Parliaments/Coalitions
 > Statutory Interpretation
 > Term Limits

Methods/Phil. of Science
 > Game Theory
 > Value of Political Science