Keith Dougherty specializes in the institutional design of American politics. Part of his research examines the implications of various institutions from formal theoretic and empirical perspectives. For example, he has studied the probability that various voting rules, assembly sizes, and quorum requirements adhere to a normative criterion, or sets of criteria, when individual preferences are unknown. Another part of his research examines why particular institutions are adopted. For example, he has studied the framers' motivation for adopting the U.S. Constitution and created the Constitutional Convention Research Group (CCRG) to recover delegate positions on all substantive votes at the Convention. He also organized The American Constitution: a Conference on the 225th Anniversary of the Ratification to disseminate some of this research. His work has been published by Cambridge University Press, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, and Economic Inquiry, to name a few.
Department of Political Science
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Phone (706) 542-2989
Fax (706) 542-4421