William Heller

Department of Political Science
Binghamton University
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

Tel: 607-777-2562
Fax: 607-777-2675
Email: wbheller@post.harvard.edu
WWW: http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~wheller/

Professional Preparation

A.B. 1983 Harvard University  
Ph.D. 1995 University of California, San Diego Political Science

Appointments

2002-date Assistant Professor of Political Science, Binghamton University (SUNY)
1997-2002 Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1995-1997 Fellow in Public Policy and Visiting Professor in Political Science, Stanford University
Spring 1995 Associate in Political Science, University of California, San Diego.
1990-1995 Teaching assistant and research assistant, University of California, San Diego

Articles

“Regional Parties and National Politics in Europe: Spain’s estado de las autonomías, 1993-2000.” Comparative Political Studies 35(6, August 2002):657-685.

“Making Policy Stick: why the Government Gets What It Wants in Multiparty Parliaments.” American Journal of Political Science 45(4, October 2001):780-798.

“Political Denials: The Policy Effect of Intercameral Partisan Differences in Bicameral Parliamentary Systems.” Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 17(2001):34-61.

“Bicameralism and Budget Deficits: The Effect of Parliamentary Structure on Government Spending.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 22:485-516, November 1997.

“Politics, Institutions, and Outcomes: Electricity Regulation in Argentina and Chile” (with Mathew D. McCubbins). Journal of Policy Reform 1(1996):357-387.

Book Chapters

“Reglas de votación y estabilidad en la Cámara de Diputados” (with Jeffrey A. Weldon). In El Congreso Mexicano después de la alternancia. Mexico City: AMEP/Instituto de Investigaciones Legislativas de la Cámara de Senadores, 2003.

“Political Institutions and Economic Development: The Case of Electric Utility Regulation in Argentina and Chile” (with Philip Keefer and Mathew D. McCubbins). In Presidents, Parliaments, and Policy, ed. Stephan Haggard and Mathew D. McCubbins. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

“Political Structure and Economic Liberalization: Cases from the Developing World” (with Philip Keefer and Mathew D. McCubbins). In The Origins of Liberty, ed. Paul Drake and Mathew D. McCubbins. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1998.

Working Papers

“Minority Government, Majority Rule, and the estado de las autonomías: Regional Parties and National Policy Making in Spain, 1993-1997.” Political Relations and Institutions Research Group, Working Paper 2.58, May 1998.

Conference Papers

“Switching in Parliamentary Parties: Entries and Exits in Parliamentary Groups in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, 1996-2001” (with Carol Mershon). Paper presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia Mariott Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, August 28-31, 2003.

“Legislative rules and voting stability in the Mexican Chamber of Deputies”(with Jeffrey A. Weldon). Paper presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Ill., April 3-6.

“Party Switching and Political Careers in the Spanish Congress of Deputies, 1982-1996” (with Carol Mershon). Paper presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Ill., April 3-6.

“Electoral Rules and Party Discipline: Political Careers and Party Coherence in the U.S. House of Representatives” (with Brian D. Humes). Paper presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Ill., April 3-6.

“Dealing in Discipline: Party Switching and Legislative Voting in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, 1996-2000” (with Carol Mershon). Paper presented at the 2002 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Ill., April 25-28.

“Party Fluidity and Legislator’s Vote Choices: The Italian Chamber of Deputies, 1996-2000” (with Carol Mershon). Paper presented at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, Calif., August 30-September 2.

“Fluidity in Parliamentary Parties: Exits and Entries in Parliamentary Groups in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, 1996-2000” (with Carol Mershon), revised version. Paper presented at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill., April 19-22.

“Legislative rules and voting stability in the Mexican Chamber of Deputies” (With Jeffrey A. Weldon). Paper presented at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill., April 19-22.

“Fluidity in Parliamentary Parties: Exits and Entries in Parliamentary Groups in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, 1996-2000” (with Carol Mershon). Paper presented at the 2000 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., August 30-September 3.

“Buying Friends or Sleeping with Enemies: Institutional Checks and the Cost of Agreement” (with Sarah M. Ryan). Paper presented at the 2000 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill., April 26-29.

“Initial Proposals and Last Offers: Government Policy and Opposition Amendments in Multiparty Parliaments.” Paper presented at the 1999 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia, September 2-5.

“Voting for Voice: Regional Parties and National Elections in Post-Franco Spain.” Paper presented at the 1999 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia, September 2-5.

“Making Policy Stick: Why the Government Gets What It Wants in Multiparty Parliaments.” Paper presented at the 1999 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill., April 15-17.

“In Lieu of a Center: Regional Parties and National Politics in Spain’s estado de las autonomías, 1993-1998.” Paper presented at the 1998 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, Mass., September 2-6.

“Teamwork and Logrolls: The Policy Effect of Intercameral Partisan Differences in Bicameral Parliamentary Systems.” Paper presented at the 1998 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, Mass., September 2-6.

“Divided Parliaments: The Budgetary Effect of Intercameral Partisan Differences in Bicameral Legislatures.” Paper presented at the 1998 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill., April 21-26.

“Public Policy and Presidential Primacy: The Structure and Process of Budgeting in Mexico” (with Jeffrey A. Weldon). World Bank Seminar, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, 14 June 1996.

“Regulating Electricity in Mexico: Meting out Power in an Energy-Rich State” (with Jeffrey A. Weldon). World Bank Seminar, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, 14 June 1996.

“Coalitions, Parties, and Policy: The Budgetary Consequences of Cabinet Composition in Italy, 1965-1989.” Paper prepared for delivery at the 1995 Annual Meeting of the Public Choice Society, Long Beach, Calif., March 24-26.

“Holding the Line on Policy: Amendments and Government Legislation in Italy.” Paper presented at the 1994 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, New York, September 1-4.

Book Reviews

Review of Maggioritario finalmente? La transizione elettorale 1994-2001, ed. Roberto D’Alimonte and Stefano Bartolini (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2002), forthcoming in Journal of Modern Italian Studies.

Work in Progress

“Agenda Power in the Italian Chamber of Deputies” (with Gary Cox and Mat McCubbins).

“Fluidity in Parliamentary Parties” (book project, with Carol Mershon).

“Electoral System Change” (multi-author book project, coordinated by Dennis Patterson).

“Regime Stability and Policy Structure, Process, and Outcomes in Noncentralized Political Systems.”

Outside Presentations

Mexico City, 1999: Invited lecturer for Chamber of Deputies certificate program "Diplomado en Derecho Parlamentario", May 18 and 20.

Mexico City, 1999: Invited paper presentation, Chamber of Deputies, May 20.

Mexico City, 1999: Invited paper presentation, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), May 21.

Durham, NC, 1999: Invited paper presentation, Duke University, June 24.

Mexico City, 2001: Invited paper presentation, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), January 6.

Lubbock, TX, 2003: Invited participant in Conference on Mixed-Member Electoral Systems, Texas Tech University, March 29.

Grants and Awards

Grant in Aid for Faculty Research, University Research Council, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, summer 1998.

Summer Research Grant, University Research Council, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, summer 1998.

Senning Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, summer 1999.

Layman Fund research grant, May 2000-April 2001.

Languages

Fluent Spanish; Italian; reading knowledge of French, Portuguese, and Catalán.

Areas of Specialization

Comparative Politics; Legislatures; Positive Political Theory; Institutional Analysis.