Nelson W. Polsby

Heller Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley
Institutional Change in the U.S. Congress

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Nelson Polsby, who is the Heller Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. He was the Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at U.C. from 1988 to 1999, and editor of the American Political Science Review from 1971 to 1977.

He's the author and co-author of fourteen books, including Community Power and Political Theory, Congress and the Presidency, Political Promises, British Government and Its Discontent, Consequences of Party Reform, Political Innovation in America -- The Politics of Policy Initiative, and Presidential Elections, written with Aaron Wildavsky, which is in its tenth edition. book coverHis forthcoming book is How Congress Evolves: Social Bases of Institutional Change, which will be published by Oxford University Press. Professor Polsby has a Ph.D. from Yale, and among his honorary degrees are ones from Oxford and the University of Liverpool.

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