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Education ​

Ph.D.    University of California, Berkeley, 1987 (Political Science)

M.P.H. University of California, Berkeley, 1982 (Health Policy, Planning and Regulation)

M.A.    University of California, Berkeley, 1979 (Political Science)

B.A.     University of California, Santa Cruz, 1976 (Politics)

Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado, Boulder,  (June 2023 - )
Professor, Political Science Department, University of Colorado, (May 2002 - 2023).

Visiting Professor, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark, (May 2018 – August 2018).

Robert Schumann Research Professor, Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Florence, Italy, (Sept. 2014 – August 2017).

Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, (Oct. 2012 – August 2016).

Professor and Chair in Public Policy and Political Economy, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, (January 2007 - August 2014).

Honorary Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, (February 1, 2006 – January 31, 2011).

Visiting Research Professor, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Tokyo, (March-June 2002).

Visiting Lecturer, Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), University of Bordeaux, France, (October - November, 2001).

Visiting Professor, Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung, Cologne, Germany, (May 2001).

Visiting Scientist, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden, (January - July, 2000).

Associate Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder, (June 1993 - 2002).

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder, (1987 - 1993).

Lecturer to the Swedish Parliament, 1983-84; (This was a lecture series on American Institutions and presidential elections held for Swedish Members of Parliament and civil servants.) Stockholm Sweden.

Instructor, Furudals Bruk Kursinternat, Sweden, Summer 1983, (Seminars on American Politics held for members of the Swedish Parliament).

Instructor, University of California at Berkeley, (1985-6).



and Awards

Willing to Pay? Testing Institutionalist Theory with Experiments, European Research Council (ERC) “Advanced Researcher Frontier Grant,” (2012-2017). 

Mind the Gaps: Explaining Nordic Exceptionalism in Taxation Institutions, (co-investigator with Brooke Harrington), Danish Research Council, (2015-2018).

The Evolution of Modern States: Sweden, Japan and the United States, Cambridge University Press (2010). Winner of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) “Gunnar Myrdal Prize,” for Best Book in Evolutionary Political Economy, (2011).  

Do Institutions Evolve? European University Institute Research Grant, Florence, Italy, (2009-2010).

Comparative Research on the Decision-Making Process – Tax Reform, (co-PI, with Naoki Jinno and Andrew DeWit) Japan Research Council, Tokyo Japan, (2004-2006).

Abe Fellow, Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, and Center for Global Partnership, (2002-2003).

German Marshall Fund Senior Research Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, (2001-2002).

STINT Visiting Scientist, Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, (2000-2001).

Bi-Centennial Swedish-American Exchange Research Grant, Bi-Centennial Swedish American Exchange Fund, (1999).

Edmond Keller Writing Prize for the Best Essay on the 1st Amendment, Keller Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, (1999).

William Riker Award for the Best Book in Political Economy published in 1991, 1992 or 1993, American Political Science Association, Political Economy Section. (1994).

Gabriel Almond Award for best doctoral dissertation in Comparative Politics, American Political Science Association. (1989).

Grant in Aid, University of Colorado, Committee on Research and Creative Work, (1989).

Dean's Writing Award for the Social Sciences for best article published by a member of the Arts and Sciences faculty in 1988, University of Colorado. (1989).

Arthur H. Cole Grant in Aid, Economic History Association, (1988).

Tax Institute of America NTA-TIA Doctoral Dissertation Award, Finalist, National Tax Association, (1988).

Junior Faculty Development Award, University of Colorado, Committee on Research and Creative Work, (1988). Henry Robert Braden Fellowship, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Political Science, (1985).

Dissertation Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies and The Social Science Research Council, (1984-85).

Special Conference/Travel Award to the European Community, Swedish Fulbright Foundation, (1984).

Thord-Gray Memorial Dissertation Research Fellowship, American Scandinavian Foundation, (1984).

Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Fellowship, American Fulbright Foundation, (1983 - 1984).

Fernstrom Fellowship, University of California Research Fellowship, (1983).

Public Health Studentship, National Institutes of Health, (1981-1982).



Willing to Pay? A Reasonable Choice Approach, with John D'Attoma, Oxford University Press, 2022.

The Leap of Faith: The fiscal foundations of successful government in Europe and America, Oxford University Press, 2018.  Available also “Open Access,”

The Evolution of Modern States: Sweden, Japan and the United States, Cambridge University Press (2010). Winner of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) “Gunnar Myrdal Prize,” for Best Book in Evolutionary Political Economy, (2011).  Reprinted US/UK, paperback, 2011.  Translated and published in Japanese with new introduction, 政治経済の生態学

       スウェーデン・日本・米国の進化と適応, Iwanami Press, 2017.

Growing Apart?  America and Europe in the 21st Century, (co-edited with Jeff Kopstein), Cambridge University Press, (2008).

Restructuring the Welfare State: Political Institutions and Policy Change, (co-edited with Bo Rothstein), Palgrave Macmillan Press, (2002).

Tax Policy, (ed.) London: Elgar Publishing. (1998).

Taxation and Democracy: Swedish, British and American Approaches to Financing the Modern State, New Haven: Yale University Press. (1993, 1994).  Winner of the American Political Science Association’s “Riker Award for Best Book in Political Economy,” published in 1991, 1992, or 1993. (Reprinted in paperback 1996.) (Translated into Japanese, 1996, by Shiozaki Jun and Shiozaki Yasuhisa, Tokyo: Konnichi-sha.) 

Structuring Politics: Historical Institutionalism in Comparative Analysis: Co-edited with Kathleen Thelen and Frank Longstreth, (1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998), New York: Cambridge University Press. (Translated into Chinese, China Renmin Press, 2006).  Chapter 1 republished and translated into Spanish, for Rossana Castiglioni y Claudio Fuentes (eds), Manual de Política Comparada, Editores Universidad Diego Portales Ediciones, (2012).

Books in

America Divided: Why Americans love their country and hate their government, forthcoming, Yale University Press, 2024.


OK Boomers. It is time to FINALLY grow up!   Manuscript in process.

Articles and

“Preferences for Honesty Can Support Cooperation,” Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, May 25, 2023, Article DOI:


“Do experienced subjects bias experimental results? Evidence from 16 laboratories in six countries,” Economic and Political Studies, with Guerra, Alice, Harrington, Brooke, and D’Attoma, John,  Published online: 25 Aug 2022


“Assessing the Stability of Fiscal Attitudes: Evidence from a Survey Experiment” with Kim-Lee Tuxhorn and John D’Attoma, Public Administration, (March, 2021).

“Do Citizens Want Something for Nothing? Mass Attitudes and the Federal Budget” Policy and Politics, (April 25, 2021),

“Can a Pandemic Defeat the Politics of Austerity? The Key to Economic Recovery After COVID-19,” with Mark Blyth, Foreign Affairs, (April 22, 2020).


“Historical Institutionalism and the Cognitive Foundations of Cooperation,” Public Management and Performance Review,” (2020).

“Who is that guy?” in Sven Engstrom and Sven Hort (eds.), Om Bo Rothstein, Aktiv Forlag, Lund, Sweden, 2019, pp. 67-73.

“Néo-institutionnalisme historique” in Laurie Boussaguet, Sophie Jacquot, and Pauline Ravinet (eds.), Dictionnaire des politiques publiques, VOL. 4., Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, pp. 382-390, (2019), ISBN 9782724625110

“How Institutions and Attitudes Shape Tax Compliance: A Cross-National Experiment and Survey,” (with Fred Pampel and Guilia Andrighetto), Social Forces, Vol. 8, Issue 3, pp. 1337–1364 (2019).   (Honorable Mention for Outstanding Article by the American Society of Criminology, November 14, 2019.) 

"Trust in Government: Narrowing the ideological gap over the federal budget" (with Kim-Lee Tuxhorn and John D’Attoma), Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, Vol. 2, no. 1, (2019), pages 1-13. DOI: 10.30636/jbpa.21.47

“Trustworthy Institutions: A Cognitive theory of Tax Morale” in Tax and Trust Institutions, Interactions and Instruments, Sjoerd Goslinga, Lisette van der Hel-van Dijk, Peter Mascini, Albert van Steenbergen, (eds.), Eleven International Publishing, Den Haag, Netherlands, (2018) pp. 45-62, 

“The Leap of Faith,” in The Leap of Faith, Sven Steinmo (ed.), Oxford University Press, Oxford, (2018).pages 3-30,

“Taxation and Consent” (with Marcelo Bergman) in The Leap of Faith, Sven Steinmo (ed.), Oxford

University Press, Oxford, (2018).pages 273-292, 

 “The Role of Gender in the Provision of Public Goods through Tax Compliance,” (with Dave Bruner and John D’Attoma), Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics,  Volume 71, (December 2017), Pages 45-55.

“New Introduction to the Japanese edition – Various Systems and Complex Sub-systems” 日本語版への序言 序 言――複雑なサブシステムからなる多様なシステム  in The Evolution of the Modern State, Iwamani Press,  Tokyo, Japan, 2017

“Willing To Share? Tax Compliance and Gender in Europe and America,” (with John D’Attoma and Clara Volintiru), Research and Politics, Volume: 4 issue: 2, (May, 2017), pp. 1-10, May, 2017,  DOI: 10.1177/2053168017707151, .

 “Wendt’s Challenge to Social Science: Quantum Physics, Consciousness, and Society” Critical Review, vol. 29, (June 2017), pp. 1-10.

“Are Some Countries More Honest Than Others?  Evidence from a Tax Experiment in Sweden and Italy”  (with Giulia Andrighetto, John D’Attoma, Stefania Ottone, Ferruccio Ponzano, and Nan Zhang), Frontiers in Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00472, (April 7, 2016). Republished in, Guy Hochman, Shahar Ayal, Dan Ariely (eds.) Dishonest Behavior: From Theory to Practice, Frontiers Research Topics, pp. 107-115, November, 2016.

“Willing to Pay? Tax Compliance in Britain and Italy: an experimental analysis,”  (with Nan Zhang, Giulia Andrighetto, Stefania Ottone and Ferruccio Panzano), PLoS ONE, 11(2), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150277, February 26, 2016.

“Historical Institutionalism and Experimental Methods” in Tulia Faleti, Orfeo Fioretos and Adam Sheingate, Oxford Handbook on Historical Institutionalism, Oxford University Press, Oxford, Chapter 6 (pp. 107-123), 2016.

“Evolution of Institutions and Organizations” (with Thomas Currie, Peter Turchin, Jenna Bednar,
Peter J. Richerson, Georg Schwesinger, Romain Wacziarg, and John Wallis), in David Sloan Wilson and Eric Beinhocker, Complexity and Evolution: A New Synthesis for Economics, Ernst Strungmann Forum, Frankfurt, Germany, (2016).

“Institutionalism” in James D. Wright, (ed), The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition,Elsevier Science, Oxford, pp. 181- 185 (2015) 

 “Bailing out the Bankers or the Banking System? Comparing Sweden and Japan’s Responses to Financial Crisis” with Emre Bayram and Andrew DeWit, Rikkyo Economic Research, 68 (1) July 18, 2014

“The Chrysanthemum and the Bumble-Bee: Comparing Sweden and Japan’s Response to Financial Crisis” with Emre Bayram and Andrew DeWit, Asia Pacific Journal, Volume 12, Issue 16, Number 1, April 21, 2014. 

“Governing as an Engineering Problem: The Political Economy of Swedish Success” in Armin Schaefer and Wolfgang Streeck, (eds.), The Politics in the Age of Austerity, Polity Press, pp. 84-108 (2013).

“Social Democracy in Crisis? What Crisis?” with Bo Rothstein, in Michael Keating (ed.) Social Democracy in Europe, Polity Press, Polity Press, (2013) pp 87-106. Republished and translated: "La social-démocratie en crise? Quelle crise?" in Stéphane Paquin and Pier-Luc Lévesque (eds.) Social-démocratie 2.0: Le Québec comparé aux pays scandinaves, Montréal, Presses de l’Université de Montréal, (2014), pp.21-48

“How Institutions Evolve:  Evolutionary Theory and Institutional Change,” with Orion Lewis, Polity, 44, 314–339, May, 2012.  Translated and republished in Chinese, with Wang, Lina, and Ma, Deyong  (2014),《制度如何演进:进化论与制度变迁》Gansu Journal of Government Studies, 甘肃行政学院学报, Vol. 2, 2 期: 255-69. 

 “Introduction to the Special Issue on the Evolution of Institutions,” (co-authored and co-edited with, Mark Blyth , Geoffrey M. Hodgson, Orion Lewis), Journal of Institutional Economics, 7(3) September, 2011.

“Tomemos en Serio la Evolucio’n: Analisis Institutional y Teoria Evolutiva” “Taking Evolution Seriously: Institutional Analysis and Evolutionary Theory,” Revista de Economía Institucional, Vol. 13, No. 24, 2011.

"The Evolution of Modern States" 政治経済の生態学 (in Japanese, translated by Tatsuhiko Tani),) Rikkyo Economic Review, Vol. 64, No. 2, October 2010.

“Taking Evolution Seriously in Political Science” (with Orion Lewis), Theory in Biosciences, (2010) Vol. 129, pp 235-245.

“Néo-Institutionnalismes,” in Laurie Boussaguet, Sophie Jacquot, and Pauline Ravinet (eds.),  Dictionnaire des politiques publiques, VOL. 2., Paris: Presses de Sciences Po,  pp. 290-298, (2010).

“The End of the Strong State?” (with Eisaku Ide) in The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective,edited by Isaac Martin, Ajay Mehrotra and Monica Prasad, Cambridge University Press, pp. 119-137, (2009). 

“Changes in the Modern State and Tax Policy:  Globalization, Aging and Reliance on Government,” (translated into Japanese by Takehiko Ikegami and Andrew DeWit) in Naohiko Jinno and Takehiko Ikegami (eds.), The Fiscal Sociology of Taxation,Tokyo: Zeimu Keiri Kyokai Publishing Co., pages 167-180, (2009).

“Do Libraries Matter? On the Creation of Social Capital,” Journal of Documentation, (with Andreas Vårheim and Eisaku Ide), (2008) vol. 64, no. 6, pp. 877-892. 

“What Should the State Do? A Political Economy of Ideas and Institutions,” in John Campbell and Peter Naargard, Institutions and Politics, Copenhagen: DJOF Press, pages 195-226, (2008).

“Historical Institutionalism” in, Approaches in the Social Sciences, edited by Donatella Della Porta and Michael Keating, Cambridge University Press, pages 113-138, (2008).

“Growing Apart?” (co-authored with Jeffrey Kopstein) in Growing Apart? America and Europe in the 21st Century, pages 1-34 (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

‘Tax Policy and the Changing State: On Globalization, Ageing and Declining Trust in the Public Sector,’ (第6章「現代国家の変容と租税政策:グローバル化高齢化及び政府への信頼をめぐって), (Comparative Research on Decision-Making in Tax Reform,) (タイトル: 税制改革の策定過程に関する国際比較研究), edited by Jinno, Naohiko, (2006).

"Consumption Taxes and the Welfare State in Sweden and Japan" (co-authored with Takatsugu Akaishi) in The Ambivalent Consumer, edited by Sheldon Garon and Patricia Maclachlan, Cornell University Press (2006). 

"The Evolution of the Swedish Model" in Internalizing Globalization:  The Rise of Neoliberalism and 

the Erosion of National Models of Capitalism, Philip Cerny, Susanne Soederberg, George (eds.), London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 149-164, (2006).

"The Emperor Had No Clothes" in Perestroika, Kirsten Monroe (ed.), Yale University Press, pp. 294-303, (2005).

"Social Security, Taxation and Redistribution in Japan" with Alison Chopel and Nozomu Kuno, Public Budgeting and Finance, (Winter 2005) vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 20-43.

"Ne'o Institutionnalisms" (Neo Institutionalism), in Laurie Boussaguet,  Sophie Jacquot, and Pauline

Ravinet (eds.),  Dictionnaire des politiques publiques, Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, pp. 290-98,(2004).

"The Evolution of Economic Ideas: Tax Policy in the 20th Century" The British Journal of Politics and International Relations,(June, 2003) vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 206-236.

"Correcting the Record: The Federal Government and American Education," (with Mathew Hirshland)

Educational Policy, (July, 2003) vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 343-364. 

"The Evolution of the Modern State," Chihou-Zaisei (Local Finance) Vol.42, No.4 (496th Issue), April (2003), pp.241-249.

"Globalization and Taxation," Chihou-Zaisei (Local Finance) Vol.42, No.2 (494th Issue), February 2003, pp. 222-237.

"Bucking the Trend: Swedish Social Democracy in a Global Economy," New Political Economy, vol. 8, no. 1, (2003), pp.31- 48.

"Taxation and Globalization:  Challenges to the Swedish Welfare State," Comparative Political Studies,  (2002) vol. 35, no. 7, pp. 839-862. Republished in Stephe Leibried and Steffan Mau, “Welfare States: Construction, Deconstruction, Reconstruction,” Volume II, Elgar Press: Cheltenham, pp. 459-482.

"The New Political Economy of Taxation" (with Duane Swank), American Journal of Political Science, (July 2002), vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 242-255.

"Policy vs. Rhetoric: The Political Economy of Taxation and Redistribution in Japan" (with Andrew DeWitt), Social Science Japan Journal, (2002), vol. 5, no. 2,. Republished, in Christopher Hood, The Politics of Modern Japan, London: Routledge, (2008).

"Institutional Analysis and Challenges to the Modern Welfare State" (with Bo Rothstein), in Restructuring the Welfare State, Bo Rothstein and Sven Steinmo eds., Palgrave Press, 2002.

"Institutionalism" in International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Nelson Polsby 

(ed.) London: Elsevier Science, (2001).

"Taxation, Redistribution and Regulation: Fiscal Policy in a Changing World Economy" in Jan Ottosson  and Lars Magnusson (eds.) Private Actors and Public Interest: The Role of the State in Regulated Economies, London: Elgar Publishing. pp. 89-106. (2001)

"The New Institutionalism" in Barry Clark and Joe Foweraker, (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Democratic Thought, London: Routlege, (July, 2001)

"Taxes and Taxation" in Joel Krieger (ed.) The Oxford Compendium of World Politics.  New York: Oxford University Press (2001).

"Do Institutions Really Matter?" with Carolyn Tolbert.  Comparative Political Studies, (April 1998) Vol. 31, No. 2 165-187.

"It's the Institutions, Stupid!: Why the United States Can't Pass Comprehensive National Health Insurance" with Jon Watts. Journal of Health Politics Policy and Law. (1995) Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 329-372. (Reprinted in Health Policy, James Warner Bjorkman and Christa Altenstetter, (eds.)  Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 1998, pp. 255-298.  Also reprinted in, Reforming Healthcare Systems, Theodore Marmor (ed.), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 2010.) 

"Introduction," in Tax Policy, Sven Steinmo, ed.  London: Elgar Publishing, 1998.

"The Politics of Taxation," in Cedric Sandford, More Key Issues in Tax Reform. Bath: Fiscal Publications, (1995).

"Why Is Government So Small in America?" Governance, (1995) Vol. 8, No. 3.  pp. 303-334.

"The End of Redistribution?  International Pressures and Domestic Policy Choices," Challenge

 (Nov./Dec. 1994), pp. 1-9.

"Rethinking American Exceptionalism: Culture vs. Institutions," in Larry Dodd and Calvin Jillson (eds.) The Dynamics of American Politics: Approaches and Interpretations.  Boulder:  Westview Press, (1994).

"Aaron Wildavsky" in Glen H. Utter and Charles Lockhart (eds.) American Political Scientists: A Dictionary.  Westport, Connecticut:  Greenwood Press, (1993) pp. 325-327.

"Grant McConnell" in Glen H. Utter and Charles Lockhart (eds.) American Political Scientists: A Dictionary.  Westport, Connecticut:  Greenwood Press, (1993) pp. 208-210.

"Taxes and Taxation" in Joel Krieger (ed.) The Oxford Compendium of World Politics.  New York: Oxford University Press (1993) pp 900-901. 

"Historical Institutionalism in Comparative Politics" (with Kathleen Thelen) in Steinmo, Thelen and Longstreth, Structuring Politics.  Cambridge University Press, (1992) pp. 1-32.  Republished as, “Institutionalismo historico en politica comparada,” in Rossana Castiglioni and Claudio Fuentes Politica Comparada Sombre America Latina, Ediciones EDP, Santiago, (Chile, 2015).

"Political Institutions and Tax Policy in the United States, Sweden and Britain," World Politics, (July, 1989) Vol. LXI, No. 4, pp. 500-535. (republished in American Society and Politics, Theda Skocpol and John Campbell, (eds.)  New York: McGraw-Hill Inc, 1995, pp.477-497.

"Social Democracy vs. Socialism: Goal Adaptation in Social Democratic Sweden," Politics and Society, (1988) 16, No. 4 pp. 403-46. (Winner of the University of Colorado "Dean's Writing Award" for the Social Sciences).

"The Influence of Party on Post-War UK Tax Rates," (with Oliver Morrissey), Policy and Politics, (1987) Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 195-206.

"The Development of The American and Swedish Tax Systems: A Comparison," (with Enrique Rodriguez), Intertax, European Tax Review, (March 3, 1986) pp. 68-79.

"So What's Wrong With Tax Expenditures? A Different View Using Swedish Evidence", Public Budgeting and Finance, (1986) Vol. 6, no.1, pp. 27-44.

"Delivering Health Care to the Rural Poor", in David Leonard and Dale Marshall, Institutions of Rural Development for the Poor.  Institute of International Studies, Berkeley (1982), pp. 151-192.

Articles Under Review or in Development

“Does Laboratory Experience Change Subjects?” with Alice Guerra, John D’Attoma and Brooke Harrington, (under review. 

“Can Dishonest Behavior Undermine Collective Action?” (With Aron Szelkelyy, Guilia Andrighetto, David Bruner), (manuscript, 2020).

“Context and Preferences Shape Cooperative Decision-Making” (with Giulia Andrighetto, Aron Szekelyy, Stefania Ottone and Nan Zhang), 2020 (manuscript).

“The Institutional Basis for Tax Morale” (with Arpad Tudor), (manuscript) 2020.

OK Boomers? How did we get in this mess and how and we get out of it? Manuscript in process,   expected completion, November 2020.


“Tax Morale and Tax Evasion: A Reasonable Choice Story,” conference proceeding from “Shaping the Future of Social Security: Addressing the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow,” Ministry of Health and Welfare, Seoul, Korea, December 2019.  Published in Korean and English.

“Us Too! Explaining Middle Class Populism in Sweden and Beyond,” (with Bo Rothstein), in Social Europe,” (October 3, 2018.)

“Our survey reveals even Trump supporters want a fairer tax deal,” (with John D’Attoma), The Conversation, (December 12, 2017).

“Trump’s tax proposals are wildly out of sync with what most Americans would do,” Washington Post, The Monkey Cage, (September 20, 2017),

“A Silver Lining?” Boulder Daily Camera, November 11, 2016,

“Why are some nations’ citizens more likely to cheat on their taxes? What we found surprised us.” (with John D’Attoma) The Washington Post Online, The Monkey Cage, (April 15, 2016).

“Is Radical Change Possible? in Policy Trajectories, (February 13,2016). #Elections2016#HillaryClinton#BernieSanders”

“Willing to Pay? Tax Compliance in Britain and Italy, an experimental analysis, (with John D’Attoma) The Plot, September 2, 2015.

“The Word Tax is Unpopular: But the Word Fee is Worse,” The Washington Post Online: The Monkey Cage, (with John D’Attoma), April 15, 2015.

Book review, The Emergence of Organizations and Markets, Edited by, John Padgett and Walter Powell, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2014, 583pp., forthcoming in, Perspectives in Politics, 2014.

“Italy’s French Temptation,” Project Syndicate, August 1, 2013.

“Ett Annat Sveriga?” (Another Sweden?), Sydsvenskan, September 21, 2012.

“Skatterna Ska Känna Rättvisa” (Taxes should feel fair), Framtider, March, 2010, p. 34.

“A View From Europe,” Clio –Bi-Annual Newsletter for the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association, President’s letter, Volume 20, no. 2, September, 2010, p. 1, 42.

“Europe and America in a Time of Crisis,” The EUI Review, , Autumn, 2010, pp 25-26.

“History and Predictability and Political Science,” Clio –Bi-Annual Newsletter for the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association, President’s Spring letter, Volume 20, no 1, May, 2010, p. 1, 38-9.

“¿Logrará Obama cambiar EE UU?” (Will Obama Change the USA?) Cinqua Diaz, Madrid, Spain, January 6, 2009.

“Nie wierzę w Obamę” (Don’t believe Obama), Gazeta Woszborsza, Warsaw, Poland, December 13, 2008.

“One Big Unanswered Question,” Comparative Politics Newsletter, Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, Volume 19, Issue 1, (Winter, 2008), p. 10. 

 “Puede un cadidato negro ‘realamente’ ganar en EE UU?” (Can a Black Candidate Really Win the Election?) Cinqua Diaz, Madrid, Spain, February 18, 2008.

“Un candidat noir peut-il gagner les présidentielles américaines?”  La Libre Belgique, Brussels, Belgium, February 28, 2008.

“Europe – USA, Fin de la democratic?” (Europe – USA, The End of Democracy?) La Libre Belgique, Brussels, Belgium, December 14, 2007.

“The Democratic Dilemma” in The EUI Review, (December, 2007). 


Book Review, Confronting Income Inequality in Japan, by Toshiaki Tachibanaki, MIT Press, in The Economic Journal, 2006.

Book Review, Globalization, Europeanization and the End of Scandinavian Social Democracy?, Christine Ingebritsen and Jonathan Moses (eds.), in European Societies, 3(2), 2001. pp. 250-252.

"Planning Our Future," The Report of the American Political Science Association's Strategic Planning Committee, Paul Beck (chair), J. Aldrich, L. Fraga, N. McGlen, M. Orr, R. Ragowski, K. Scholzman, B. Simmons, S. Steinmo, J. Toronto, American Political Science Association, Washington, DC, August 22, 2000.

Book Review, Taxing America: Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State 1945-1975 by Zelizer, JE Political Studies 48: (5) 1057-1058 December, 2000.

"The New Political Economy of Taxation: International Pressures and Domestic Policy Choices," Center for West European Studies Working Paper Series, University of California, Berkeley, No. 19, (Aug. 1996).

"The Truth about Taxes" Challenge, (Jan-Feb 1995) pp. 57-8.

"Higher Taxes Are More Myth than Money," Public Affairs Report, Institute of Governmental 

        Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Vol. 34, No. 3, (May 1993), pp. 4-5.

Book review of Donald Granberg and Sören Holmberg "The Political System Matters," The American Political Science Review No.1, Vol. 85, (March 1991), pp. 311-312.

Book review of Henry Milner, "Sweden: Social Democracy in Practice" European Sociological Review, Vol. 5, No. 3, (1990).

Book review of Walter Korpi, "The Democratic Class Struggle", European Sociological Review, Vol. 1, no. 3, (1985).

Book review of Katzenstein, Peter "Corporatism and Change," Journal of Economics, Vol. 95, no. 380, (Dec. 1985).

US Competitiveness: A Comparison of Steel, Electronics and Automobiles, Office of Technology Assessment, Washington, D.C. July 1981 (contributing status), 206 pages.

Transition Briefing Memos, Western Center for Health Planning, (Sept. 1981 through July 1982), (These were national non-refereed newsletters dealing with issues of concern for health planners for which I was principal author.)

Lectures and *Keynote

University of Oslo, Blindern, Oslo, Willing to Pay? A Reasonable Choice Approach, August 29, 2023.

Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare, International Conference, “Shaping the Future of Social Security: Addressing Challenges of Today and Tomorrow,” Tax Morale and Tax Evasion, Seoul, Korea, December 5, 2019.

* Center for Collective Action Research, Culture vs (?) Institutions: Why are some countries more compliant than others?University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2019

* Tax Administration and Research Center, Willing to Pay? Tax Compliance in Comparative Perspective, University of Exeter, UK, April 13, 2019.

Renmin University, Historical Institutionalism and the Cognitive Foundations of Cooperation, Bejing, China, October 18, 2018.

The Arne Næss Programme on Global Justice and the Environment. “Sustainable Modernity,” Oslo University, September 18, 2018.

*Netherlands Tax and Customs Administration (NTCA) International Conference on “Tax and Trust,” Trustworthy Institutions: A Cognitive Theory of Tax Morale, (Keynote Address) Rotterdam, Netherlands, October 2, 2017. 

University of Cologne, Willing to Pay? Institutions, Norms and Values, "Microfoundations of Politics - Social Preferences and Political Behavior" lecture series, Cologne, Germany, May 15, 2017.

Hertie School of Governance, Institutions, Norms and Values:  Tax Compliance and Cultural variation, Berlin, Germany, May 11, 2017.

Nottingham University, Willing to Pay? Testing Institutional Theory with Experiments, Nottingham Interdisciplinary Centre for Economics and Politics, (NICEP), March 30, 2017

University College London, Is it Culture, or is it Institutions?  Why some people pay their taxes and other people don’t, Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy Public Lecture Series, London, England, February 25, 2016.

Her Majesty’s Revenue Service (HMRC), Willing to Pay? Culture, Institutions and Tax Evasion, HMRC Behavioral Change Team / Treasury Department, Joint Lecture, 100 Parliament St., London, England, February 24, 2016.

*European Union Commission Joint Research Center (JRC), Tax Compliance in Europe and America – Reports from Laboratory Experiments, (Keynote address), FISCALIS Workshop, Ispra, Italy, September 26, 2015.

*Birmingham University, Business School, Considering different Cultures of Compliance, (Keynote address), Opening conference for the Center for Tax Governance, Birmingham, England, June 16, 2015.

University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Political Science, Limits and Advantages of Experimental Methods for Comparative Research, Santa Cruz, California, May 20, 2015.

University of California, Davis, Department of Sociology, Willing to Pay? Testing Institutionalism with Experimental Methods, Davis, California, February 26, 2015.

University of Hawaii, Department of Sociology, Experimental Methods and Social Science Research, Honolulu, Hawaii, December 4, 2014.

*Social Science History Association, New Fiscal Sociology, Willing to Pay? Institutions, Culture and Tax Compliance, (Keynote Address), Toronto, Canada. November 5, 2014. 

University of Florence, Department of Economics, “Tax Compliance and Experimental Methods:  Some early findings from a five country study,” Florence, Italy.  October, 14, 2014. 

Uppsala University, Department of Political Science, “Historical Institutionalism and Experimental Methods,” Uppsala, Sweden. Sept. 25, 2014.

The Quality of Government Institute (QOG), “Willing to Pay? Testing Historical Institutionalist Theories with Experiments,” University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. Sept. 18, 2014.

The Institut européen·European Institute (IE·EI), Unwilling to Pay? Taxes, Spending and Generational Conflict, Sapienza University, Rome. June 5, 2014.

Collegio Carlo Alberto, Willing to Pay? Testing Historical Institutionalism with Experiments, Turin, Italy, May 15, 2014.

*Hanshin University, The Social Democratic Model of Society:  What it is, and what it is Not, (Keynote Address), Korean Social Security Association, Joint Conference for Korean Social Policy, Seoul Korea, October 12, 2012.

*Norwegian Institute for Social Research, (NOVA), The Greediest Generation, (Keynote address), Reassessing the Nordic Model, Final Conference, August 21, 2012.

*Radbound University Nijmegen, My Greedy Generation, Trans-Atlantic Dialogue Conference, (Keynote address), Nijmegen, Holland, June 7, 2012.

*Copenhagen Business School, What is Fiscal Sociology? (Keynote address) International Conference in Honor of Professor John Campbell, Copenhagen, Denmark, April 19, 2012.

*University of Southern Denmark, Where is Political Science heading – if anywhere? (Keynote address) Conference on the Future of Political Science in Denmark, Odense, Denmark, February 23, 2012.

Oxford University, UK, Why is Sweden So Successful? Political Economy Seminar Series, February 9, 2012.

Bremen University, Germany, Ideas and Evolutionary Change, (Keynote lecture), Bremen International School of Social Sciences, Conference on “Ideas in Social Science,” November 17, 2011.

University College Dublin, The Evolution of the Modern State,” Department of Political Science, September 23, 2011.

Humboldt University, Evolutionary Theory and Institutional Analysis, Berlin Graduate School of the Social Sciences, Berlin, Germany, May 25, 2011.

University of Bologna, The Evolution of Modern States, Forli, Italy, June 7, 2010.

*Central European University, Taking Evolution Seriously in Political Science, Political Economy Research Group Annual Conference, (Keynote lecture), Budapest, Hungary, May 27, 2010.

Rikkyo University, Politics and Policy Challenges in Japan, Sweden and the United States, Tokyo, Japan, March 23, 2010.

*Cognitive Sciences Annual Meeting, Evolutionary Theory and the Social Sciences, Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences, (Keynote address), Naples, Italy, November 26, 2009.

American University of Paris, Sweden: Adapting to the Global Economy, Department of Political Science,  November 3, 2009.

University of Bergen, Taking Evolution Seriously in the Social Sciences, Nordwell Summer Graduate Program, Bergen, Norway, June 8, 2009.

University of Tromsø, Globalization and the Welfare State, Department of Political Science and Department of Library Science, Tromsø, Norway, June 3, 2009.

University of Lisboa, Evolutionary Ontology in the Social Sciences, Conference “Evolution Today and Tomorrow,” Department of Biological Sciences, Lisbon, Portugal, April 3, 2009.

University of California at Berkeley, The Evolution of Modern States, Institute of Governmental Studies and Department of Political Science, Berkeley, California, February 25, 2009.

Kyoto University, Taking Evolution Seriously, Faculty of Law, Kyoto, Japan, September 23, 2008. 

Ministry of Interior Affairs, Dealing with Globalization in Japan and Sweden, Tokyo, Japan, September 26, 2008

ARENA Institute, The Evolution of the Modern State, University of Oslo, December, 4, 2007.

Max Plank Institute, Taking Evolution Seriously, “Why History?” workshop/conference, Ringberg Castle, Ringberg, Germany, July 19, 2007.

Copenhagen Business School, The Evolution of Economic Ideas, June 23, 2007.

Washington University, Seattle, The Evolution of the Modern State, Department of Sociology and the Center or European Studies, April 25, 2006.

Harvard University, Cambridge, Taxes, Globalization and the Evolution of the Modern State: The Japanese Case, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, October 27, 2005.

University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Institutional Theory in Political Science, Copenhagen School of  Business, May 12, 2005.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, The Evolution of the Modern State, Comparative Politics Colloquium, Department of Political Science, January, 21, 2005.

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, The Evolution of the Modern State: A Theoretical Framework, Department of Political Science, Baltimore, Maryland, November 15, 2004.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, The Evolution of the Swedish State, Bankard-Lansing-Lee Lecture on Politics and Economics, Charlottesville VA, November 12, 2004. 

University of Texas, Austin, Globalization and the Welfare State:  Exploring the Dilemma's of the Japanese Case," Asian Studies Center and Department of Political Science, University of Texas, Austin, February 20, 2004.

University of Tokyo, A Global Standard for Tax Policy? Department of Economics, University of Tokyo,  Japan, January 19, 2004.

Ministry of Finance, Tax Policy for the 21st Century, Ministry of Finance Tax Bureau, Tokyo, Japan, January 21, 2004.

Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Globalization and the Future of the Welfare State, Tokyo, Japan, March 13, 2003.

University of Toronto, The Evolution of the Modern State, Munck Center for the Study of the United States, Toronto, Canada, December 6, 2002.

University of Tokyo, The Political Economy of Taxation and Globalization, Institute of Social Science, Tokyo, May 14, 2002.

University of Tokyo, Why is America So Rich?  An Historical Institutional Analysis, Department of Political Science, Koba, Tokyo, May 23, 2002.

Notre Dame University, The Political Economy of Economic Ideas: Tax Policy in the 20th Century, The Keller Center for the Study of Comparative Politics, South Bend, Indiana, November 29, 2001.

Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), Historical Institutionalism in Comparative Politics, University of Bordeaux, France, October 21, 2001.

University of Odense, Frontiers in Comparative Political Inquiry: What does the Historical Approach give us? Odense, Denmark, May 21, 2001.

Max Plank Institute, Bucking the Trend?  The Political Economy of Sweden in a Globalizing World, Cologne, Germany, June 16, 2000.

European University Institute, Tax Policy and Politics in a Globalizing World, Florence, Italy, May 16, 2000.

University of Stockholm, Department of Political Science, Frontiers in Comparative Theory, Stockholm, Sweden, April 9, 2000.

University of Umea, Department of Sociology, In the Land of Milk and Honey: Why did America become So Rich?  Umea, Sweden, March 17, 2000.

University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Comparative Politics and the New Institutionalism. Gothenburg, Sweden, February 28, 2000.

University of Nottingham, Dept of Economics, The New Political Economy of Taxation, Nottingham, England, February 9, 2000

Western Michigan University, Ideas, Institutions and Interests, The Historical Institutional Agenda in Comparative Politics, Kalamazoo Michigan, Sept. 27, 1999.

Columbia University, American Exceptionalism: Culture and Institutions. New York, New York, December 11, 1997

University of Colorado, Adding an Ingredient to Learning: Interaction. Faculty Teaching Excellence Program, Symposium on Teaching and Learning. Boulder, Colorado, October 21, 1997.

John F. Kennedy School of Government, Rethinking Distribution. Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 28, 1996.

University of Washington, Internationalization and the Future of the Welfare State. Seattle, Washington, May 31, 1996.

Peder Sather Symposium, University of California at Berkeley, The End of Redistribution? International Pressures and Domestic Policy Choices. Berkeley, California, April 21, 1996.

Department of Public Administration, University of Bergen, Globalization and the Future of the Welfare State, Bergen, Norway, Feb. 23, 1996.

Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, It’s the Institutions, Stupid, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 18, 1995.

Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut, What=s All the Fuss? The New Institutionalism and Comparative Politics. Stores, Connecticut, November 15, 1995.

University of Canberra, Why Tax Reform?  Understanding Tax Reform in its Political and Economic Context.  Canberra, Australia, June 23-24, 1995.

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Can Europe Compete?,  Madison, Wisconsin, Nov. 18, 1994.

University of Michigan Signud Carlsson Lecture, Can the Swedish Model Survive? Ann Arbor, Michigan, Oct. 19, 1994.

Institute of Social Science Research, Political Culture or Political Institutions? University Tokyo, Sept. 28, 1994.

*Japanese Political Science Association Annual Conference, (Keynote Speaker), Why President Clinton's Health Plan Failed:  It's the Institutions, Stupid!  Osaka, Japan, Sept. 30, 1994.

Department of Political Science, Uppsala University, The New Institutionalism. Uppsala, Sweden, Sept. 16, 1993.

Scandinavian Information Service Conference, Sweden and the European Community: A Shotgun Wedding?  UCLA, October 16-17, 1991.

Teaching Recognition

McNair Faculty Mentor, Ronald E. McNair Post-bacalaureate Achievement Program, University of Colorado, Boulder, May 10, 2006.

Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Political Science, University of Colorado, May, 2004.

Residence Life Academic Teaching Award, Committee on Learning and Academic Support Services, University of Colorado, February 28, 2003.

Teacher Recognition Award, University of Colorado, Mortar Board  Honor Society, 1999.

Outstanding Professor in International Affairs, University of Colorado, International Affairs Student Association, (1997).

Outstanding Professor in International Affairs, University of Colorado, International Affairs Student Association, (1996).

Special Recognition Teaching Award, University of Colorado, Sigma Iota Rho, International Affairs Honors Society, (1995)

Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Recognition Award, University of Colorado, Mortar Board Honor Society, (1993).

Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor for 1989-1990, University of Colorado, (1990).

Annual Teacher Recognition Award, University of Colorado, Student Association for Alumni Relations (SOAR), (1989).

Professor of the Month Award, University of Colorado, Arts and Sciences Student Government, (March, 1989).

Professional Activities

Editorial Board – Journal of Tax Administration, 2019-

External Reviewer, Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), 2016.

Referee, Research Council of Norway, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, 2016.

Advisory Board Member, EUREX: Expertization of public inquiry commissions? Democracy and good governance in a Europeanized administrative order, Norwegian Research Council`s program for Democratic and Effective Governance, Planning and Public Administration (DEMOS)  (2016 -).

Editorial Board, Contemporary Japan, 2016.-

Scientific Quality Committee member, World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR), (2014 - ).

Executive Council, International Political Science Association, Research Committee #12, Bio-Politics, (December, 2012-2016). 

Advisory Board Member, Understanding Institutional Change: A Gender Perspective, University of Manchester, (2014-2017).

Advisory Board Member, Sustainable European welfare societies: Assessing linkages between social and environmental policy, Norwegian Social Research Program (NOVA), Oslo, Norway,  (2014-2018).

Bingham Powell Graduate Mentoring Award Selection Committee, Comparative Politics Section, American Political Science Association,  (2013-14).

Member, International Peer Review Panel, Danish Council for Independent Research, (May 2011).

Member, Review Board, Uppsala University Quality and Renewal Review Committee, Uppsala, Sweden, 

President, Politics and History Section the of American Political Science Association, (2009-2010).

Program Chair, European Politics and Society Section of the American Political Science Association, (2008-2009).

Executive Council, Research Committee #12, Biology and Politics, International Political Science Association, (2010-).

Editor, Palgrave Macmillan Press, series title: "Political Evolution and Institutional Change," (2002 - 2009).

Advisory Board, Scandinavian Political Studies Journal, (2009-).

Editorial Board, Journal of Public Policy, (2008-2015).

Editorial Board, American Political Science Review, (2001-7)

Trustee, Trust and Development Board, American Political Science Association, (2003-7).

Executive Board, American Political Science Review, (2001-2004).

Executive Council, Politics and History Section of the APSA (2006-2008)

Executive Director Search Committee, American Political Science Association, (2002).

Executive Council, American Political Science Association, (1999-2001).

Strategic Planning Committee, American Political Science Association, (1999-2000).

Steering Committee, Council for European Studies (1997-2000). 

Editorial Board, Governance (1996-2000).

Delegation of the European Commission, Team Europe (1995 - 2005).

American Political Science Association, member (1987-).


Comparative Political Economy 

Evolutionary Theory

Experimental Design and Methods in the Social Sciences

Comparative Public Policy

Comparative Politics and Institutions

American Government and Institutions

PHD Students 

Britt Cartrite, CU Boulder, 2004

Mathew Hirshland, CU Boulder, 2005

Jason Jordon, CU Boulder, 2006

Yu Bin, CU Boulder, 2008

Orion Lewis, CU Boulder, 2008

Thomas Paster, European University Institute, 2009

Takeshi Hieda, European University Institute, 2009

Dorota Szelewa, European University Institute, 2010

Jeppe Olesson, European University Institute, 2010

Mi Ah Shøyen, European University Institute, 2011

Johan Davidsson, European University Institute, 2011

Julie Hassing Nielsen, European University Institute, 2012 

Joseph Hein, European University Institute, 2013

Johan Christensen, European University Institute, 2013

Arpad Tudor, European University Institute, 2014 

Emre Ismail Bayram, European University Institute, 2014

Ben Wagner, European University Institute, 2014 

Camille Bedrock, European University Institute, 2014 

Furio Stamati, European University Institute, 2015 

Tamara Popik, European University Institute, 2015 

Charlotta Haberstroh, (co- supervisor) European University Institute, 2016 

Agustin Silvano Rossi, European University Institute, 2016 

Sanne Noyon, European University Institute, 2017

Daniel Schulz, European University Institute, 2017


John D'Attoma -- (Senior Data Analyst, Internal Revenue Service) 2017-2020.


Nan Zhang, (Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn) 2014-16.

Juliana Bidadanure, -- (Stanford University)  2013-14.

Michael Donnely, -- (University of Toronto), 2013-14.

Michio Umeda, -- (University of Tokyo, University of Michigan) 2011-12.

Zsofia Barta, -- (Rockefeller Center for Public Affairs, SUNY) 2011-2012.

Giulia Andrighetto -- (Institute for Cognitive Science, CRN, Rome) 2010-2011.

Jane Gingrich, -- (Oxford Univerity) 2009-2011

Sara Konoe, -- (Mejii University, Tokyo) 2009-10.

Stephanie Mudge, -- (UC Davis, California) 2008-9.

Marc Barenson, -- (Institute of Development Studies, London) 2007-8.

Cleas Belfrage, -- (STINT Fellow) (University of London) 2007-2009.


Consultant, Tucker International, Boulder, Colorado.  Cross-cultural training as well as lectures on the changing political economy of Europe for clients (AT&T, General Motors, Gates Rubber, Ford, Motorola, US West, among others), 1989 - 2007.

Consultant, IBM Corporation, Bristol, England. Lectures and seminars on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and International Political Economy, December 1984 - May 1985.

Consultant, Pharmacia Corporation, Uppsala, Sweden, lectures and seminars on Japanese Political Economy, March 1985.

Consultant, Western Center for Health Planning, San Francisco, September 1981 – July, 1982.

Consultant, Office of Technology Assessment Washington, D.C., June 1980 – September, 1980.

Academic References

Mark Blyth, Eastman Professor of Political Economy, Department of Political Science, Brown University.

Kathleen Thelen, Ford Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bo Rothstein, August Röhss Chair in Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Desmond King, Andrew Mellon Professor of American Government, Nuffield College, Oxford University. 

Professor T.J. Pempel, Center for Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

Vivien Schmidt, Department of Political Science, Boston University.

Niahm Hardiman, Department of Politics, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.

Adam Sheingate, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

University of Colorado

Director, Tocqueville Initiative for the Study of America in a Globalizing World, (2003 -2007). 

Associate Director, Center for Advancement of Teaching and Research in the Social Sciences, (2002).

Executive Board, Arts and Sciences Honors Council, (September 2004 - ).

Policy Committee, Department of Political Science, (September 2002 - ). 

Governing Board, Center for the American West, (September 2000 - ).

Director, Conference on World Affairs, (August 1995 - July 1998).

Director, International Affairs Program, (July 1993 - August 1995). 

Director, International Affairs Honors Program, (July 1993- September 1994).

Director, Political Science Department Honors Program, (1989 - 1993).

Governing Board, Study Abroad Programs, (September 1993 - 2002).

SINCE 2019
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