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James Adams

James Adams


670 Kerr Hall Department of Political Science
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616

Office Hours for Winter 2015 :

  • Tuesday 2-4pm



Ph.D., Political Science, University of Michigan, 1994
B.A., Economics, Princeton University, 1984



James Adams studies voting behavior, parties' election strategies, and political representation in Western Europe and the United States. His work encompasses both spatial models of party competition and empirical analyses of parties' policy programmes.



Adams, James, and Samuel Merrill, III.  2013.  “Policy-seeking candidates who value the valence attributes of the winner.” Public Choice 55(1): 139-161.

Adams, James, Lawrence Ezrow, Samuel Merrill III, and Zeynep Somer-Topcu.  2013.  “Policy-seeking parties in proportional systems with valence-related uncertainty: Does collective responsibility for performance alter party strategies?” British Journal of Political Science 43(1): 1-23.

Adams, James.  2012.  “The causes and the electoral consequences of party policy shifts in multiparty elections: Theoretical results and empirical evidence.” Annual Review of Political Science 15: 401-419.

Milazzo, Caitlin, James Adams, and Jane Green.  2012.  “Are voter decision rules endogenous to parties’ policy strategies?  A model with applications to elite depolarization in post-Thatcher Britain.”  Journal of Politics 74(2): 262-276.

Adams, James, Catherine de Vries, and Debra Leiter.  2012.  “Which voting constituencies reacted to elite depolarization in the Netherlands? An Analysis of the Dutch public’s policy beliefs and partisan loyalties, 1986-1998.  British Journal of Political Science 42(1): 81-105.


Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

Comparative Politics:

Political Parties, Elections, Voting Behavior