Rice
FIS

FIS image header
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
Download 
Scholarly Interest Report
         
Randolph T. Stevenson
Associate Professor
Albert Thomas Associate Professor of Political Science
 
e-mail:stevenso@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. Political Science (1996) University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
  • M.A. Political Science (1994) University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
  • B.A. Political Science (1991) Texas A&M University
 
Primary Department
   Department of Political Science
Picture
 
Teaching statement
 



At the graduate level, I have taught survey courses in comparative politics, comparative political economy, comparative institutions, and comparative political behavior. I have also frequently taught each of the courses in the three course graduate sequence in statistical methods, and have also taught a graduate course in game theory. At the undergraduate level, I have taught courses about comparative political parties and elections, the politics of developing democracies, comparative political economy, the European Union, and international relations. I have received the graduate teaching prize at the University of Rochester and was a finalist for the junior-faculty teaching prize at Rice University.


I have taught a two week course on Maximum Likelihood Estimation at the Essex Summer School in 2012, 2013, and 2014.




 
Websites
 book website
 book website
 Experiment Testing On-line Processing Model
 Coding Pages for International Economic News Data Project
 
Research Areas
 Comparative Political Behavior, Comparative Democratic Institutions, Research Methods, Formal Political Theory
 
Voters in Coalitional Systems
 This research combines my research on voting behavior with my research on cabinet coalition formation. Specifically, it ask how voters deal with the complexity of post-election cabinet formation when they vote. This research is supported by one of my NSF grants and I have recently completed a number of election surveys that bear directly on this question. The initial results were presented at the American Political Science Association meetings in September, 2003.
 
Experimental Studies of Candidate Evaluation
 This research is collaborative with my student, Beth Miller. It seeks to flesh out Milton Lodge's online processing model of candidate evaluation by using an experimental approach that is more appropriate to the model and promises to provide much better information about how voters process information about candidates. To this end, we are conducting a large scale experimental study using UH undergraduates using a dynamic web-based experiment.
 
Cabinet Formation and Duration
 My work on Cabinet Formation and Duration focuses on characterizing the institutions and norms that govern the process of cabinet formation and termination in parliamentary democracies. This research has produced a number of published articles and I will be working with an undergraduate next semester (Spring 2004) on a new paper in this area.
 
Voting and Economic Voting
 This research explores why voters vote for different parties in modern democracies. Unlike most previous work that has dichotomized the question into why do voters vote for incumbents or not, this work explores the full range of party choices confronting voters. The main emphasis in my current work is explaining why voters sometimes use the economy to make decide between parties and sometimes do not. This work has been published in several journals and I am currently preparing a book manuscript with Ray Duch (University of Houston) on the economic voting question.
 
Teaching Areas
 Comparative Political Behavior, Comparative Democratic Institutions, Research Methods, Formal Political Theory
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

Randolph Stevenson and David Fortunato "“Heuristics and Coalition Expectations” submitted to APSR." In Progress

 
 

Randolph Stevenson and David Fortunato "“Heuristics in Context” Submitted to JOP." In Progress

 
 

Randolph Stevenson and Raymond Duch "“Responsibility Attribution for Collective Decision Makers” – (forthcoming) ." American Journal of Political ScienceIn Press

 
 

Randolph Stevenson, David Fortunato and Greg Vonnahme "“Context, Heuristics, and Political Knowledge: Explaining Cross-National Variation in Citizens’ Left-Right Knowledge” submitted to AJPS." In Progress

 
 

Randolph Stevenson, Lanny Martin and Daina Chiba "“A Unified Model of Cabinet Formation and Duration” (forthcoming)." Political Analysis \In Press

 
 

Randolph Stevenson, Seonghui Lee and Nick Lin) "“Evaluating the Cross-National Comparability of Survey Measures of Political Interest Using Anchoring Vignettes” submitted to Electoral Studies.." In Progress

 
 

Raymond Duch and Randolph Stevenson "“Voter Perceptions of Agenda Power and Attribution of Responsibility for Economic Performance.” September, 2013." Electoral Studies

 
 

Randolph Stevenson and David Fortunato "“Perceptions of Partisan Ideologies: The Effect of Coalition Participation.” ." American Journal of Political Science

 
 

Randolph Stevenson and David Fortunato "“Performance Voting and Knowledge of Cabinet Composition” June 2013. ." Electoral Studies

 
 

Randolph Stevenson and Raymond Duch "“The Meaning and Use of Subjective Perceptions in Studies of Economic Voting”. June 2013." Electoral Studies

 
 

Randolph Stevenson and Raymond Duch "“Context and Economic Expectations: When Do Voters Get it Right?”." British Journal of Political Science

 
 

Eichorst, Jason, Martin, Lanny and Randolph T. Stevenson, "Explaining Variation in Coalition Agreements”

 
 

Lanny Martin and Randolph T. Stevenson, “Incumbency, Context, and Government Formation in Multiparty Parliamentary Democracies"  American Political Science Review

 
 

“Perceptions of Partisan Ideologies: The Effect of Coalition Participation.”  Revise and Resubmit at the American Journal of Political Science

 
 

Duch, Raymmond and Randolph T. Stevenson. “Competency Signals in a Crowded Political Context.” Journal of Politics 2010.

 
 

Duch, Raymond and Randolph T. Stevenson "The Economy: Do Voters Get it Right?" British Journal of Political Science

 
 

The Meaning and Use of Subjective Perceptions in Studies of Economic Voting. Submitted to Electoral Studies.

 
 

Randolph T. Stevenson and Greg Vonnahme "Executive Selection and the Informed Electorate: How Cabinet Formation Procedures Impact Citizens' Knowledge of Politics." In Revision

 
 

Randolph T. Stevenson and Greg Vonnahme "Executive Selection and the Informed Electorate: How Cabinet Formation Procedures Impact Citizens' Knowledge of Politics." In Revision

 
 

Randolph T. Stevenson and Greg Vonnahme "Executive Selection and the Informed Electorate: How Cabinet Formation Procedures Impact Citizens' Knowledge of Politics." In Revision

 
 

Randy T. Stevenson "Electoral Outcomes and Cabinet Composition: The Impact of Formation Procedures." In Revision

 
 Duch, Raymond and Randolph T. Stevenson "Accessing the Magnitude of the Economic Vote over Time and Across Nations." Electoral Studies, vol. 25,3 2006 2005
 
 Duch, Raymond and Randolph T. Stevenson, "Context and the Economic Vote: A Multi-Level Analysis.” Political Analysis. 2005. Vol. 13, no. 4, 2005, pp. 387-409.
 
 

Randy T. Stevenson "Electoral Outcomes and Cabinet Composition: The Impact of Formation Procedures." Journal of PoliticsSubmitted

 
 Political Analysis. 2005. Vol. 13, no. 4, 2005, pp. 387-409.
 
 

Raymond Duch and Randy T. Stevenson "The Economy: Do they Get it Right and Does it Matter?." American Political Science Review (2005) Submitted

 
 Political Psychology 2005, forthcoming
 
 

Simon Jackman and Randy T. Stevenson "The Dynamics of Economic Performance and Policy Mood." Electoral Studies (2005) Submitted

 
 Articles
 Stevenson, Randolph T. "Making a Contribution: The Role of Fieldwork in Scientific Research Programs" APSA-CP, the newsletter of the Comparative Politics section of the American Political Science Association, 2005
 
 

Randolph Stevenson "Cabinet Participation and Electoral Performance: The Mitigating Role of Institutions." British Journal of Political ScienceSubmitted

 
 

Randolph Stevenson and Guy Whitten "The Economy and Stretegic Communication in Electoral Campaigns." Journal of Political ScieneSubmitted

 
 

Randolph Stevenson and Raymond Duch "Models of Multi-Level Data: Economic Voting in Context." Political Analysis (Special issue)Submitted

 
 

Randy Stevenson and Ray Duch "The Context of the Economic Vote." Electoral Studies (Special Issue)In Press

 
 

Randolph Stevenson "Cabinet Participation and Electoral Performance: The Mitigating Role of Institutions." American Political Science ReviewSubmitted

 
 

Randy Stevenson and Ray Duch "The Economy: Do they get it Right and Does it Matter?." American Journal of Political ScienceSubmitted

 
 

Randolph Stevenson "The Cost of Ruling, Cabinet Duration, and the Median Gap Model." Public Choice, 113 (Oct. 2002) : 157-178.

 
 

Randolph T. Stevenson and Lanny Martin "Cabinet Formation in Parliamentary Democracies." American Journal of Political Science, 45 (2001) : 33-50.

 
 Books
 

Duch, Raymond and Randolph T. Stevenson, The Economic Vote: How Political and Economic Institutions Condition Election Results. Cambridge University Press, 2008

 
 

Raymond Duch and Randy T. Stevenson "Voting in Context: Political and Economic Sources of the Economic Vote."  (2005) In Revision

 
 

Radolph Stevenson and Raymond Duch "Economic Voting in Context: The Institutional Sources of Rational Economic Voting." Submitted

 
 Book chapters
 

Randolph Stevenson "The Economy as Context: Indirect Links Between the Economy and Voters." Economic Voting (2002) : 45-65.

 
 Conference papers
 

Randolph Stevenson and Raymond Duch "Clarity about Clarity: Sorting through Competing Explanations for the Clarity of Responsibility Hypothesis."  (2010) In Revision

 
 

Randolph Stevenson, Lanny Martin, and Daina Chiba "A Solution to the Selection Problem in Models of Government Survival."  (2010) In Revision

 
 

Eichorst, Jason, Martin, Lanny and Randolph T. Stevenson "Explaining Variation in Coalition Agreements." 

 
 

Keith Hamm, Andrew Spiegleman, and Rangolph T. Stevenson "“Institutionalization, New Concept and Methods." 

 
 

Raymond Duch and Randolph T. Stevenson "The Meaning and Use of Subjective Perceptions in Models of Economic Voting." 

 
 Other
 

Randolph T. Stevenson "The Cost of Ruling, Cabinet Duration, and the `Median Gap' Model." Public Choice (2001)

 
 

Randolph T. Stevenson "The Economy as Context: Indirect Links between the Economy and Voters."  (2001)

 
 

"The Economy and Policy Preference: A Fundamental Dynamic of Democratic Politics." American Journal of Political Science, 45 (2001) : 620-633.

 
 

Randolph Stevenson and Lanny Martin "Cabinet Formation in Parliamentary Democracies ." American Journal of Political Science (January 2001)

 
 

Randoph Stevenson and Daniel Diermeier "Cabinet Terminations and Critical Events." American Political Science Review, 94 (September 2000) : 627-640.

 
 

Randolph T. Stevenson and Daniel Diermeier "Cabinet Survival and Competing Risks." American Journal of Political Science, Volume 43, No.4 (October 1999)

 
 

Randolph T. Stevenson and Lynn Vavereck "Do Campaigns Matter? Testing for Cross-National Effects." British Journal of Political Science (April 2000)

 
 

Randolph T. Stevenson and Lynn Vavereck "Do Campaigns Matter? Testing for Cross-National Effects." British Journal of Political Science (forthcoming)

 
Presentations
 Conference Committee Member
 

coauthor.  "Strategic Economic Voting." Annual Meeting of EPOP, Nottingham, England. (September 8, 2006)

 
 Invited Papers
 

“Political Knowledge in Coalitional Democracies” (with Nick Lin and David Fortunato) Presented at the Southwest Political Science Association Meetings, San Antonio 2014 

 
 

Survey Experiments with Google Consumer Surveys: Promise and Pitfalls for Academic Research in Social Science.(With Bob Stein and Philip Santoso) Presented at the Asian Political Methodology Conference, Tokyo 2014 

 
 

“Party Government and the Shape of American Political Knowledge” (with David Fortunato) Presented at the European Political Science Association Meetings, Edinburg 2014 

 
 

"Political information and Executive Selection." EU Center, Texas A&M University. (October 2009)

 
 

coauthor.  "Models for Multi-Level Data." Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. (November 23, 2004) With Raymond Duch

 
 

Author.  "Why The Economy? The Micro-foundations of the Economic Vote." Ohio State University, (October, 2002) With Ray Duch

 
 Invited Talks
 

"Clarity about Clarity: Sorting through Competing Explanations for the Clarity of Responsibility Hypothesis. University of Rochester." (11/15/2010)

 
 

presenter.  "Monte Carlo Techniques." Texas A&M. (November 2007)

 
 

Presenter.  "Context and the Economic Vote." Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. (Spring, 2005)

 
 

coauthor.  "The Economy: Do they Get it Right and Does it Matter?." University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. (Spring, 2003) With Ray Duch

 
 

coauthor.  "Why the Economy the Micro-Foundations of the Economic Vote." Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. (Spring, 2003) With Ray Duch

 
 Lectures
 

""Multi-level Models"  Oxford University." (June 2010)

 
 Other
 

Roundtable Participant.  "Comparative Political Methodology." Western Political Science Association, Long Beach. (2002)

 
 

"Brain Activity in the Play of Dominant Strategy and Mixed Strategy Games.." Midwest Political Science Association Meetings, Chicago Illinois. (April 18-22, 2001) With Rick Wilson

 
 

"Brain activity and the "oops" wave in the Expected Utility Decision-making." American Political Science Association Meetings, San Francisco, California. (August 29 ? September 1, 2001) With Rick Wilson

 
 

"Economic Voting and the Media Model of Public Opinion." Public Choice Society Meetings, San Antonio, Texas. (March 9-11, 2001)

 
 

"Party Systems, Legislative Behavior, and Coalition." Formation Southern Political Science Association Meetings, Atlanta, Georgia. (November 7-10, 2001) With Lanny Martin

 
 

"Swiss Referenda and Economic Voting." Southern Political Science Association Meetings, Atlanta Georgia. (November 7-10, 2001) With Guy Whitten

 
 

"The Economy: Do they Get it Right and Does it Matter?." American Political Science Association Meetings,, San Francisco, California. (August 29 ? September 1, 2001) With Raymond Duch

 
 

"Electoral Performance and Cabinet Participation: The Mitigating Role of Insitutions." Invited Talk, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. (November 17, 2000)

 
 

"Electoral Performance and Cabinet Participation: The Mitigating Role of Insitutions." Southern Political Science Association Meetings, Atlanta, GA. (November 8, 2000)

 
 

"The Dynamics of Policy Mood." International Conference on Social Science Methodology, Koln, Germany. (October 6, 2000) With Simeon Jackman

 
 

"The Economy and Policy Preference: A Fundamental Dynamic of Modern Democracy? ." Invited Talk, Yale University, New Haven. (November 27, 2000.)

 
 

"Contextual Effects in Policy Oriented Models of Economic Voting." Joint Sessions of Workshops of the European Consortium for Political Research, Frankfurt, Germany. (March 1999)

 
 

"Methodological Innovations in Comparative Politics." (Panel Discussant), American Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia. (September 1999)

 
 

"Policymaking in the European Union." (Panel Discussant), American Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia. (September 1999)

 
 

"The Economy and Policy Preference: A Fundamental Dynamic of Democratic Politics." Conference on Methodology in Comparative Politics, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. (November 1999)

 
 Panelist
 

coauthor.  "Competency Signals in a Crowded Political Context." American Political Science Association, Philadelphia. (September 1, 2006) With Raymond Duch

 
 

coauthor.  "Institutions, Strategic Voting and Electoral Accountability in Advanced Democracies." American Political Science Association, Philadelphia. (September 1, 2006) With Raymond Duch

 
 

coauthor.  "Starting with Recall: Examining the Relationship between Memory and Processing of Campaign Information." American Political Science Association, Philadelphia. (September 1, 2006) With Beth Miller

 
 

coauthor.  "The Global Economy, Competency and the Economic Vote." American Political Science Association, Philadelpia. (September 1, 2006) With Raymond Duch

 
 

coauthor.  "The dynamics of Information Processing and Candidate Evaluation: A Web-Based Experimental Approach." Midwest Political Science Assocation, Chicago. (April 9, 2006) With Beth Miller

 
 

Presenter.  "Context and Voting." American Political Science Association, Washington D.C. (September, 2005)

 
 

disscussant.  "Legislatures: Duration, Organization and Policy Making." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. (April 15, 2004)

 
 

presenter.  "Executive Selection and the Informed Electorate: How Cabinet Formation Procedures Impact Citizens' Knowledge of Politics." American Political Science Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (September 1, 2003)

 
 

Presenter.  "The Political Context of Economic Voting." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago. (Spring, 2003)

 
 

Presenter.  "Why the Economy? The Micro-Foundations of the Economic Vote." American Political Science Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (September 1, 2003) With Ray Duch

 
 

Author.  "Cabinet Participationa and Electoral Performance: The Mitigating Role of Institutions." Public Choice Society, San Diego. (2002)

 
 

Author.  "The Economy and Strategic Communication in Electoral Campaigns." American Political Science Association, Boston, Mass. With Guy Whitten

 
 Workshops
 

Presenter.  "The Political Context of Economic Voting." European Consortium for Political Research, Edinburgh. (April 2003) With Ray Duch

 
Editorial Positions
 Associate Editor, American Journal of Political Science. (2010 - 2014)

 Associate Editor, American Journal of Political Science. (2009 - 2009)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American National Election Study. (2010 - 2010)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Cognition, Psychology, and Behavior. PSN network at SSRC. (2007 - 2007)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Journal of Political Science. (2005 - 2005)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Political Research Quarterly. (2004 - 2004)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Journal of Political Science. (2003 - 2003)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Journal of Political Science. (2002 - 2002)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Political Research Quarterly. (2003 - 2003)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Political Research Quarterly. (2002 - 2002)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Journal of Political Science. (2004 - 2004)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Political Research Quarterly. (2005 - 2005)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Reader, Shawn Reichert, Doctoral States, Governments, and Insitiutions: Politics and Policy in the European Union. (2002) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Doctoral Domestic Insititutions and Foreign Policy Responsiveness. (2002) (Co-Director)

 Doctoral Domestic Institutions and Foreign Policy Responsiveness. (2003) (Co-Director)

 Shaun Richert, Ph.D. Legislators in the European Parliament. (2004) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Beth Miller, Ph.D. The Dynamics of Information Processing in Political Campaigns. (2004) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Jonathan Robinson, Ph.D. The Ombudsman in Latin American Politics. (2004) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Beth Miller, Ph.D. Political Opinion and Campaign Dynamics. (2005) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Beth Miller, Ph.D. Political Opinion and Campaign Dynamics. (2006) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 William Riker Award for Best Book in Political Science,

 Best Paper Published in the Journal of Politics in 2010, Southern Political Science Association (1/5/2011)

 Gregory M. Luebbert award for the best book in comparative politics in 2007 or 2008, American Political Sciene Association, Comparative Politics Section (2009)

 Best Paper in Political Economy, Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association (9/1/2007)

 Referee, American Journal of Political Science (1999)

 Referee, Comparative Political Studies (1999)

 Referee, Political Analysis (1999)

 Referee, American Political Science Review (1999)

 Referee, National Science Foundation (1999)

Positions Held
 Board Member , American National Election Study. (2010 - 2010)

 Associate Editor, American Journal of Political Science. (2010 - 2010)

 Panel Member NSF Political Science Dissertation Panel, NSF. (2008 - 2008)

 Panel Member NSF Political Science Main Panel, NSF. (2010 - 2010)