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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 2016 :

  • 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, Lawrence Ezrow, and Christopher Wlezien.  “The company you keep: How citizens infer party positions on European integration from governing coalition arrangements.”  American Journal of Political Science.

Neundorf, Anja, and James  Adams.  “What this election is about: Party competition and the reciprocal effects of German citizens’ issue priorities and party attachments, 1984-2009.”  British Journal of Political Science.

Adams, James, Erik Engstrom, Danielle Joeston, Jon Rogowski, Boris Shor, and Walt Stone.  “No evidence that moderate voters weigh candidates’ ideologies: Voters’ decision rules in the 2010 congressional elections.”  Political Behavior.

Adams, James, Ethan Scheiner, and Jed Kawasumi.  “Running on character? Running on policy?” An analysis of Japanese candidates’ campaign platforms.”  Electoral Studies.




Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

Comparative Politics:

Political Parties, Elections, Voting Behavior

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