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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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(Co-principal investigator with Diana Mutz) TESS is an NSF-funded infrastructure project called Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS) that offers researchers opportunities to test their experimental ideas on large, diverse, randomly-selected subject populations.

(Principal Investigator with Jon A. Krosnick) The mission of the National Election Studies (NES) is to produce high quality data on voting, public opinion, and political participation that serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists concerned with the theoretical and empirical foundations of mass politics in a democratic society.

-> Final Report of the 2004 NES Planning Committee

(Lead lecturer) EITM advances scholarship that integrates theoretical model development with empirical evaluation through a highly interactive training program.

In the fall of 2002, I advised the Brennan Center for Justice and the US Department of Justice on social scientific matters central to litigation over the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act . The case was first heard by a panel of three District Court Justice and then referred automatically to the Supreme Court. Two of the three District Court judges ruled in favor of the Act. These same two judges, one a Bill Clinton appointee and the other a George W. Bush appointee, based their opinions on a careful examination of the relevant social scientific arguments including my own. The Supreme Court later affirmed these opinions. You can read their arguments here.

District Court Judge Kollar-Kotelly

District Court Judge Leon

The Supreme Court Decision



>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