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 Founding Group (AFG) to discuss issues related to the American Founding. That organization promotes Constitution Day and hosted The American Constitution: a Conference on the 225th Anniversary of the Ratification. His work has been published by Cambridge University Press, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Politics, to name a few.
Dougherty is currently an Associate Editor for Public Choice and principle investigator of "An Experimental Study of Majority Rule Voting."
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University of Georgia
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