Christopher Kam

Christopher Kam (Ph.D. Rochester, 2002): I study comparative political institutions, maintaining a special interest in the nature and evolution of parliamentary democracy.  I have written a book on intra-party politics in parliamentary government and have written several papers on ministerial selection and cabinet reshuffles.

I am increasingly interested in the historical development of institutions, and this interest is reflected in my current research on the evolution of free and fair elections in Victorian Britain.  My CV contains to several of my papers and replication data sets

Students can follow the links below to web pages for the courses that I teach. I am also the Comparative Politics field chair. Comparative graduate students can find the most recent comprehensive exam reading lists here

Recent Publications

        • Kam, C. Forthcoming. "Enfranchisement, malapportionment, and Institutional Change in Great Britain, 1832-1868."  Legislative Studies Quarterly.
        • Kam, C. Forthcoming. "Party Discipline." In K. Strom & S. Martin , eds. Oxford Handbook of Legislative Politics. Oxford UP.
        • Kam, C., W. Bianco, I. Sened, & Regina Smyth.  2010. "Ministerial Selection and Intraparty Organization in the Contemporary British Parliament."  American Political Science Review 104: 289-306.
        • Kam, C.  2009.  Party Discipline and Parliamentary Government.  Cambridge University Press.
        • Indridason, I & C. Kam. 2008. "Cabinet Reshuffles & Ministerial Drift." British Journal of Political Science 38:  621-56.
        • Kam, C. 2006. "Demotion and Dissent in the Canadian Liberal Party." British Journal of Political Science 36: 561-74.
        • Kam, C. & I. Indridason. 2005. "The Timing of Cabinet Reshuffles in Five Westminster Parliamentary Systems." Legislative Studies Quarterly 30: 327-63.

Recent & Upcoming Teaching

May 2014:



Sept - Dec 2014:

  • POLI572A - Quantitative Techniques of Political Analysis (link to come)
* Dr. Kam does NOT keep wait-lists for POLI310.


(I am offering up to 6 spots in POLI516B to interested 4th year undergraduates. You should have had some exposure to econometrics (e.g., POLI380) and game theory (e.g., POLI310) and a solid A avg.  Contact me via email if you wish to take POLI516B.)    




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