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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Lichbach is Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. He received a B.A. (1973) from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, an M.A. (1975) from Brown University, and a Ph.D. (1978) in political science from Northwestern University.

A theorist interested in social choice and a comparativist interested in globalization, Lichbach explores the connections between collective action theories and political conflict as well as the connections between collective choice theories and democratic institutions. He is the author or editor of many books, including the award-winning The Rebel’s Dilemma, and of numerous articles that have appeared in scholarly journals in political science, economics, and sociology. His work has been supported by NSF and private foundations.

Lichbach, who was Book Review Editor of the American Political Science Review (1994-2001), served as chair of two other political science departments: the University of Colorado (1995-1998) and the University of California-Riverside (1998-2001).

Comparative Politics: Institutions, Identities, and Interests in Today’s Small World. (2009). 2nd Ed.
With Jeffrey Kopstein. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure (2009). 2nd Ed.
Ed. With Alan Zuckerman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Theory and Evidence in Comparative Politics and International Relations. (2007).
Ed. With Ned Lebow. N.Y.: Palgrave-Macmillan.
Comparative Politics: Institutions, Identities, and Interests in Today’s Small World. (2005). 2nd Ed.
With Jeffrey Kopstein. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Is Rational Choice Theory All of Social Science? (2003).
Ann Arbor, Mi.: University of Michigan Press.
Market and Community: The Bases of Social Order, Revolution, and Relegitimation (2000).
With Adam Seligman. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press.
Comparative Politics: Institutions, Identities, and Interests in Today’s Small World. (2000).
Ed. With Jeffrey Kopstein. Cambridge: Cambridge: University Press.
The Rebel’s Dilemma (1998).
Winner of APSA’s Conflict Processes Book Award for the Best Book on Conflict and Peace Studies Published in 1995-97.
Ann Arbor, Mi.: University of Michigan Press.
Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure (1997).
Ed. With Alan Zuckerman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
The Cooperator’s Dilemma (1996).
Ann Arbor, Mi.: University of Michigan Press.
The Rebel’s Dilemma (1995).
Ann Arbor, Mi.: University of Michigan Press.
Regime Change and the Coherence of European Governments (1985).
Denver, Co.: Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, Monograph Series in World Affairs.

A Noble Prize in Practical Politics: Elinor Ostrom. (2010) Public Choice.

Identity Versus Identity: Israel and Evangelicals and the Two Front War for Jewish Votes (2009) (With Eric Uslaner) Politics and Religion 2 (December): 395-419.

Charles Tilly's Problem Situations: From Class and Revolution to Mechanisms and Contentious Politics (2010) Perspectives on Politics

Modeling Mechanisms of Contention: MTT's Positivist Constructivism (2008). Qualitative Sociology 31 (December): 345-54.

Information, Trust, and Power: The Impact of Conflict Histories, Policy Regimes, and Political Institutions on Terrorism International Studies Review 7 (2005): 162-65.

To The Internet, From the Internet: Comparative Media Coverage of Transnational Protests(with Paul D. Almeida). Mobilization 8 (October, 2003): 249-272.

Contending Theories of Contentious Politics and the Structure-Action Problem of Social Order Annual Review of Political Science 1 (1998): 401-24.

Contentious Maps of Contentious Politics Mobilization 2 (March, 1997): 87-98.

The 5% Percent Rule Rationality and Society 7 (January, 1995): 126-28.

What Makes Rational Peasants Revolutionary? Dilemma, Paradox and Irony in Peasant Collective Action World Politics 46 (April, 1994): 382-417.

Rethinking Rationality and Rebellion: Theories of Collective Action and Problems of Collective Dissent Rationality and Society 6 (January, 1994): 8-39.

The Repeated Public Goods Game: A Solution Using Tit-For-Tat and the Lindahl Point Theory and Decision 32 (March, 1992): 133-146.

Nobody Cites Nobody Else: Mathematical Models of Domestic Political Conflict Defence Economics 3 (No. 4, 1992): 341-357.

Will Rational People Rebel Against Inequality? Samson’s Choice American Journal of Political Science 34 (November, 1990): 1049-1075.

When Is An Arms Rivalry a Prisoner’s Dilemma? Richardson’s Models and 2x2 Games Journal of Conflict Resolution 34 (March, 1990): 29-56.

Stability in Richardson’s Arms Races and Cooperation in Prisoner’s Dilemma Arms Rivalries American Journal of Political Science 33 (November, 1989): 1016-1047.

An Evaluation of ‘Does Economic Inequality Breed Political Conflict’ Studies World Politics (July, 1989): 431-470.

Deterrence or Escalation? The Puzzle of Aggregate Studies of Repression and Dissent Journal of Conflict Resolution 31 (June, 1987): 266-297.

Forecasting Internal Conflict: A Competitive Evaluation of Empirical Theories (With Ted Gurr) Comparative Political Studies 19 (April, 1986): 3-38.

Protest in America: Univariate ARIMA Models of the Postwar Era Western Political Quarterly 38 (September, 1985): 388-412.

Protest: Random or Contagious? The Postwar United Kingdom Armed Forces and Society 11 (Summer, 1985): 581-608.

An Economic Theory of Governability: Choosing Policy and Optimizing Performance Public Choice 44 (No. 2, 1984): 307-337.

Optimal Electoral Strategies for Socialist Parties: Does Social Class Matter to Party Fortunes? Comparative Political Studies 16 (January, 1984): 419-455.

The International News About Governability: A Comparison of the New York Times and Six News Wires International Interactions 10 (Nos. 3-4, 1984): 311-340.

Governability in Interwar Europe: A Formal Model of Authority and Performance Quality and Quantity (1982): 197-216.

Alternative Measures of Crime: A Statistical Evaluation (With Larry J. Cohen) Sociological Quarterly 23 (Spring, 1982): 253-266.

Regime Change: A Test of Structuralist and Functionalist Explanations Comparative Political Studies 14 (April, 1981): 49-73.

The Conflict Process: A Formal Model (With Ted Robert Gurr) Journal of Conflict Resolution 25 (March, 1981): 3-29.

Die Strukturelle Umwandlung Von Politischen Systemen: Verknüpfungen Zwischen Herrschaftsbeziehungen Und Dimensionen Der Performanz Politische Vierteljahresschrift 19 (Jahrgang, 1978): 461-496.

Stability and Change in European Electorates (With Alan S. Zuckerman) World Politics 29 (July, 1977): 523-551.

L’Elettorato Dei Paritit Europei (With Alan S. Zuckerman) Rivista Italiana Di Scienza Politica 6 (No. 1, 1976): 111-138.

Rational Choice Theory (Forthcoming). International Encyclopedia of Political Science.

Conflict Studies (Forthcoming). Encyclopedia of Political Science.

Internal Wars Over the State: Rational Choice Institutionalism and Contentious Politics (2009). In Manus I. Midlarsky, Ed. Handbook of War Studies III: The Intrastate Dimension. pp. 100-154. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

What is Comparative Politics? (2009). With Jeffrey Kopstein. In Mark Lichbach and Jeffrey Kopstein, Eds. Comparative Politics: Interests, Identities, and Institutions In A Changing Global Order, pp. 1-15. 2nd Ed. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

The Framework of Analysis (2009). With Jeffrey Kopstein. In Mark Lichbach and Jeffrey Kopstein, Eds. Comparative Politics: Interests, Identities, and Institutions In A Changing Global Order, pp. 16-36. 2nd Ed. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Politics and Pragmatism: Comparative Politics During the Past Decade (2009). In Mark Irving Lichbach and Alan S. Zuckerman, Eds. Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure. 2nd Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Thinking and Working in the Midst of Things: Discovery, Explanation, and Evidence in Comparative Politics (2009). In Mark Irving Lichbach and Alan S. Zuckerman, Eds. Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure. 2nd Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Theory and Evidence (2007). In Mark Irving Lichbach and Richard Ned Lebow, Eds.
Theory and Evidence in Comparative Politics and International Relations, pp. 261-284 In N.Y.: Palgrave-Macmillan.

Mechanisms of Globalized Protest Movements (2007). With Helma DeVries. In Carles Boix and Susan C. Stokes, Eds. The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics, pp. 461-496. Oxford University Press.

How to Organize Your Mechanisms: Research Programs, Stylized Facts, and Historical Narratives (2005).  In Christian Davenport, Hank Johnston, and Carol Mueller, Eds.  Repression and Mobilization, pp. 227-43.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Beer and Quiche in the Fast Lane: Signaler’s Dilemma, Democratic Debate, and the Gulf War  (2001).  With Frank A. Beer and Barry J. Baleck.  In Frank A. Beer, Ed. Meanings of War and Peace, pp. 139-49.  College Station, Texas: Texas A&M Press.

Rational Revolutionary Action In Jack Goldstone, Ed. (1998).  Encyclopedia of Political Revolutions.  Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Books.  

Competing Theories of Contentious Politics: The Case of the Civil Rights Movement (1998).  In Anne Costain and Andrew McFarland, Eds.  Social Movements and American Political Institutions, pp. 268-84.  Boston: Rowman and Littlefield.

Social Theory and Comparative Politics In Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure (1997).  Ed. With Alan Zuckerman, pp. 239-76. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Research Traditions and Theory in Comparative Politics: An Introduction (With Alan Zuckerman) In Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure (1997).  Ed. With Alan Zuckerman, pp. 3-16.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

The Rebel’s Dilemma: An Evaluation of Collective Action In Susan Flood, Ed. (1991).  International Terrorism: Policy Implications, pp. 177-89.  Chicago, Il.: Office of International Criminal Justice, The University of Illinois at Chicago.

Forecasting Domestic Political Conflict (With Ted Robert Gurr)  In J. David Singer and Michael D. Wallace, Eds. (1979).  To Augur Well:  Forecasting in the Social Sciences, pp. 153-93.  Beverly Hills, Ca.:  Sage Publications.

Review of Sidney Tarrow’s Power in Movement: Social Movements, Collective Action and Politics The Review of Politics 57 (Summer, 1995): 567-70.

Review of Ian Lustick’s State-Building Failure in British Ireland and French Algeria American Political Science Review 80 (December, 1986): 1376-1377.

Review of A. F. K. Organski et al.’s Birth, Death and Taxes American Political Science Review 79 (September, 1985): 883-884.

Review of G. Bingham Powell, Jr.’s Contemporary Democracies: Participation, Stability and Violence American Political Science Review 78 (March, 1984): 254-255.

Review of Howard R. Pennimen’s Greece at the Polls and Italy at the Polls American Political Science Review 77 (March, 1983): 246-247.

Research Monographs

An Economic Theory of Governability: Choosing Policy and Optimizing Performance (1981). Monograph. Wissenschaftszentrum, West Berlin, No. 81-123, 40pp.
 

Reports, Newsletters, Communications

How Does Contention Among States Causally Connect with Contention Within States? (2008) APSA-CP Newsletter 19 (Winter): 7-8.

The Anti-Globalization Movement In Monty G. Marshall and Ted Robert Gurr, Eds. (2003).  Peace and Conflict.  University of Maryland: Center for International Development and Conflict Management, pp. 39-42.
 

Invited Paper Presentations at International Conferences

An Economic Theory of Governability: Choosing Policy and Optimizing Performance Paper Delivered at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Oxford University, England, July 19-22, 1983.

The Conflict Process: A Formal Model (With Ted Robert Gurr) Paper Delivered at the Berlin Conference on Large-Scale Global Modelling, Wissenschaftszentrum, West Berlin, July, 1980.

Dissertation

Polity Change: Sequential and Structural Transformations of Authority Relations in Europe, 1800-1970 Northwestern University, August, 1978.
 

Op-Ed Pieces

Why the GOP can't convert the Jewish vote (With Eric Uslaner). Forward. February 24, 2006.

Mobilizing For Peace: Majority Credibility, Minority Power, and Ethnic Politics (With Chalinda Weerasinghe)

The Two Front War: Jews, Identity, Liberalism, and Voting (With Ric Uslaner)

Democracy at Stake: Strategies and Frames as Wedge Issues Dividing Globalized Protesters (With Helma de Vries)

Contingency, Inherency, and the Onset of Civil War (With Christian Davenport and David A. Armstrong II)