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. You can also visit my blog.

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.

I am also the co-editor (Comparative) of Legislative Studies Quarterly.  If you wish to contact me in that capacity or submit a manuscript, please email me at



Recent Publications

        • Forthcoming.  "Predicting Majority Rule."  Journal of Theoretical Politics. (with W. Bianco, J. Bowers, I. Sened, & Regina Smyth.)
        • 2014. "Party relevance and party survival in new democracies." International Area Studies Review 17: 251-61.  (with W. Bianco, I. Sened, & Regina Smyth.)
        • 2014. "Enfranchisement, malapportionment, and Institutional Change in Great Britain, 1832-1868."  Legislative Studies Quarterly 39: 503-30.
        • 2014. "Party Discipline." In K. Strom & S. Martin , eds. Oxford Handbook of Legislative Politics. Oxford UP.
        • 2010. "Ministerial Selection and Intraparty Organization in the Contemporary British Parliament."  American Political Science Review 104: 289-306. (with W. Bianco, I. Sened, & Regina Smyth.)
        • 2009. Party Discipline and Parliamentary Government.  Cambridge University Press.
        • 2008. "Cabinet Reshuffles & Ministerial Drift." British Journal of Political Science 38:  621-56. (with I. Indridason.)
        • 2006. "Demotion and Dissent in the Canadian Liberal Party." British Journal of Political Science 36: 561-74.
        • 2005. "The Timing of Cabinet Reshuffles in Five Westminster Parliamentary Systems." Legislative Studies Quarterly 30: 327-63. (with I. Indridason.)

Recent & Upcoming Teaching

Jan-Sept 2015:

  • No courses scheduled

Sept - Dec 2015:

  • POLI 220 (Introduction to Comparative Politics) T/TH 8-9AM BUCH A104

  • POLI 310 (Parliament & Party: the strategy of politics) T/TH 9:30-11AM, BUCH B313

 Jan-April 2016:

  • POLI 420A (Quantitative Approaches to Comparative Politics*) T, 9-12, SCRF 1023

    * Prerequisite: POLI380 or equivalent


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