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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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Arthur Lupia examines topics relevant to politics and policy including voting, elections, persuasion, opinion change, civic education, coalition governance, legislative-bureaucratic relationships and decision-making under uncertainty.

His writings yield insight about these topics by integrating concepts and tools from cognitive science, economics, political science, and psychology with lessons learned from his work with public and private decision makers around the world.

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Recent Journal Articles

Markus Prior and Arthur Lupia. 2008. "Money, Time, and Political Knowledge: Distinguishing Quick Recall and Political Learning Skills." American Journal of Political Science 52: 168-182. [Data Available Here]

Arthur Lupia. 2008. "Procedural Transparency and the Credibility of Election Surveys." Electoral Studies 27:732-739.

Arthur Lupia and Jesse O. Menning. 2009. "When Can Politicians Scare Citizens into Supporting Bad Policies?" American Journal of Political Science 53: 90-106.

Arthur Lupia, Adam Seth Levine, and Natasha Zharinova. 2010. "Should Political Scientists Use the Self-Confirming Equilibrium Concept? Benefits, Costs and an Application to Jury Theorems." Political Analysis 18:103-123.

Arthur Lupia. 2010. "Did Bush Voters Cause Obama's Victory?" PS: Political Science & Politics 43:239-241.


Selected Journal Articles

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

Arthur Lupia. 1994. "Shortcuts versus Encyclopedias: Information and Voting Behavior in California Insurance Reform Elections." American Political Science Review 88:63-76.
[Data Available Here]

Arthur Lupia and Kaare Strøm. 1995. "Coalition Termination and the Strategic Timing of Parliamentary Elections." American Political Science Review 89: 648-665.


>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 Comm.
Political Psychology
 > Racially Polarized Voting
Legislation/Elite Decisions
 > Delegation and

 > McCain/Feingold
 > Parliaments/Coalitions
 > Statutory Interpretation
 > Term Limits
Methods/Phil. of Science
 > Game Theory
 > Value of Poli Sci


> Adam Seth Levine
> Yanna Krupnikov
> Yoshikuni Ono
> Kenyatha V. Loftis