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Elisabeth R. Gerber

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Jack L. Walker, Jr. Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Research Associate, Center for Political Studies
(734) 647-4004
Weill Hall
735 S. State St. #5228
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Elisabeth R. Gerber's current research focuses on regionalism and intergovernmental cooperation, transportation policy, state and local economic policy, land use and economic development, local fiscal capacity, and local political accountability. She is the author of The Populist Paradox: Interest Group Influence and the Promise of Direct Legislation (1999), co-author of Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy (2000), and co-editor of Voting at the Political Fault Line: California's Experiment with the Blanket Primary (2001) and Michigan at the Millennium (2003).

Educational Background:

PhD, Political Science, University of Michigan, 1991 MA, Political Science, University of Michigan, 1989 BA, Political Science and Economics, University of Michigan, 1986

Professional Affiliations:

American Political Science Association: member; Midwest Political Science Association: member, vice-president 2010-2012; American Journal of Political Science: associate editor 2010-2012; American Political Science Review: editorial board member; Journal of Theoretical Politics: editorial board member; California Journal of Politics and Policy: editorial board member; Political Analysis: editorial board member; American Politics Research: editorial board member; Initiative and Referendum Institute: board of scholars member; Center for Local, State and Urban Policy: affiliated researcher

Recent Publications:

“When Mayors Matter: Estimating the Impact of Mayoral Partisanship on City Policy,” with Daniel Hopkins. American Journal of Political Science. 55:2, 326-339. “Prospects for Expanding Regional Planning Efforts,” with Carolyn Loh. 2011. Urban Studies. “Balancing Regionalism and Localism: How Institutions and Incentives Shape American Transportation Policy,” with Clark C. Gibson. 2009. American Journal of Political Science 53:3, 633-48. “Explaining Horizontal and Vertical Cooperation in Michigan,” with Jered B. Carr and Eric Lupher. 2009. In Sustaining Michigan. Richard W. Jelier and Gary Sands, editors. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press. 207-36.

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