About the Author(s)
Matthew S Shugart, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis, Matthew E Bergman, Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Vienna, Cory L. Struthers, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, Ellis S Krauss, Professor Emeritus at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego, and Robert J Pekkanen, Professor, University of Washington
Matthew S. Shugart is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science, University of California, Davis, and
Affiliated Professor of the University of Haifa. He is a world renowned scholar of democratic institutions, and a two-time winner of the George H. Hallet Award, given annually by the Representation and Electoral Systems Section of the American Political Science Association for a book that has made a lasting contribution to the field.
Matthew E. Bergman has lectured on the topics of comparative and international political economy, comparative European politics, quantitative methodologies, research design, public policy analysis, and legal reasoning. He was the founding director of the Krinsk-Houston Law & Politics Initiative at the University of California, San Diego, and is
currently a post-doctoral researcher hosted at the University of Vienna.
Cory L. Struthers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research concerns how political institutions and rules shape the incentives and decisions of elected officials and bureaucrats, with a special focus on the politics of climate change and the environment in American and comparative contexts. Her work has been published in Political Science Research Methods, Research & Politics, Climate and Development, and the Journal of Forestry.
Ellis S. Krauss is a Professor Emeritus at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of
California, San Diego. He has published nine authored or edited books and over 70 articles on postwar Japanese politics, comparative politics, and on U.S.-Japan relations in political science and Asian studies journals. He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, 3rd Class with Gold Leaves and Neck Ribbon, from the Emperor and government of Japan for professional accomplishments.
Robert J. Pekkanen is Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He has published articles in journals such as The American Political Science Review, The British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies. He has published
ten books on electoral systems, American nonprofit advocacy, Japanese civil society, and Japanese elections and political parties.
"Large parliamentary parties use committee assignments strategically to enhance their distinctive brands, signalling commitment and expertise by matching legislator attributes to committee type. Electoral systems leverage votes, forcing committee trade-offs. Party Personnel Strategies develops, explores, and tests these theories in a major contribution to our comparative understanding of parliamentary linkages." - G. Bingham Powell, Jr, Marie C. Wilson and Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Political Science, University of Rochester
"Party Personnel Strategies provides an important new framework for understanding a key element of the internal organization of parliaments. By recognizing the poor fit of US Congress based models to fused powers systems the authors are able to present a new model of committee assignment." - Amie Kreppel, Jean Monnet Chair and Founding Director of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, University of Florida
"We know electoral systems help determine party systems but here we learn how they help determine the industrial organization of parliaments. A highly original and persuasive account: a must-own book for scholars of parliamentary politics." - Keith Dowding, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Political Philosophy, Australian National University