Peter Buisseret

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University.

I was previously an Assistant Professor at the Harris School, at the University of Chicago. Before that, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick. I received my PhD from Princeton University.

I work in the fields of political economy, and formal theory.


Address: CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street, MA 02138


Work in Progress

[1.] Making Elections Work: Accountability with Selection and Control (with Vincent Anesi) [PDF]

American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Revise and Resubmit

[2.] Party Nomination Strategies in List PR systems (with Olle Folke, Carlo Prato, and Johanna Rickne) [PDF]

American Journal of Political Science, Revise and Resubmit

A previous version won the “CQ Press Award” for best paper on legislative studies at APSA 2017

[3.] Pandora's Ballot Box: Electoral Politics of Referendums (with Richard Van Weelden) [In Progress]

[4.] Policy Competition Between Polarized Candidates (with Richard Van Weelden) [In Progress]

Published Papers

[1.] Competing Principals? Legislative Representation in List PR Electoral Systems (with Carlo Prato) [PDF]

American Journal of Political Science, forthcoming

[2.] Crashing the Party? Elites, Outsiders, and Elections (with Richard Van Weelden) [PDF]

American Journal of Political Science, 2020

[3.] The Race to the Base (with Dan Bernhardt and Sinem Hidir) [PDF]

American Economic Review, 2020

Winner of the "Best Paper" award at the Great Lakes Political Economy Theory Conference 2018

[4.] Reelection and Renegotiation: International Agreements in the Shadow of the Polls (with Dan Bernhardt) [PDF]

American Political Science Review, 2018

[5.] Dynamics of Policymaking: Stepping Back to Leap Forward, Stepping Forward to Keep Back (with Dan Bernhardt) [PDF]

American Journal of Political Science, 2017

[6.] Electoral Competition with Entry under Non-Majoritarian Run-off Rules [PDF]

Games and Economic Behavior, 2017

[7.] Electoral Control and the Human Capital of Politicians (with Carlo Prato) [PDF]

Games and Economic Behavior, 2016

[8.] "Together or Apart"? On Joint versus Separate Electoral Accountability [PDF]

The Journal of Politics, 2016

Refereed Conference Publications

[9.] Voting Behavior under Proportional Representation (with Carlo Prato) [PDF]

Journal of Theoretical Politics, Special Conference Issue on "Personalism and the Personal Vote in PR Systems", 2020