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     Kenneth R. Mayer


Title: Professor
Website: http://users.polisci.wisc.edu/kmayer
Affiliated With: Lafollette School of Public Affairs
Office: 201D North Hall
Office Hours: https://kb.wisc.edu/polisci/page.php?id=28163
Phone: 608.263.2286
Has Voicemail: Yes
E-Mail: krmayer@wisc.edu
Keywords: Australia, Campaign Finance, Election Administration, Elections, Political Institutions, Presidency, Unilateral Powers
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His teaching and research interests are in American government and institutions (especially Congress and the Presidency), campaign finance, and election administration.  His current research focuses on and evaluating the effectiveness of recent state-level campaign finance reforms, and election administration.

He is the author of With the Stroke of a Pen: Executive Orders and Presidential Power (Princeton University Press, 2001), The Political Economy of Defense Contracting (Yale University Press, 1991), and The Dysfunctional Congress? The Individual Roots of an Institutional Dilemma (Westview Press, 1999, with David T. Canon). 

His work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Public Administration Review, Election Law Journal, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Regulation.

Awards include: Leon Epstein Faculty Fellow award (College of Letters and Science (2012-2015); Jerry J. and Mary M. Cotter Award (College of Letters and Science, 2011-2012); Fulbright Distinghuished Chair in Political Science, Australian National University, Canberra ACT (2006); the Alliant Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award (UW System, 2006); the Vilas Associates award  (College of Letters and Science, 2003-2004); and the 2002 Richard M. Neustadt Award, awarded by the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association for the best book published on the presidency in 2001, for With the Stroke of a Pen).
 
He is active as an expert witness in campaign finance, redistricting, and voter ID litigation.  Recent cases include NAACP et al. v. Scott Walker, et al. (voter ID case heard in Dane County, 2012); Baldus et al. v. Brennan et al (Eastern District of Wisconsin, redistricting litigation, 2011-2012); and  McComish et al. v Brewer et al. (Arizona public election funding case, 2008-2009)
 


Recent Publications

Barry Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, and Donald Moynihan. “Election Laws, Mobilization, and Turnout: The Unanticipated Consequences of Election Reform.” American Journal of Political Science 58, 1 (2014): 95-109.   
Barry Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, Stéphane Lavertu, and Donald Moynihan. “Selection Methods, Partisanship, and the Administration of Elections.”;American Politics Research 41, 6 (2013): 903-36.   
David Canon, John Coleman, Kenneth Mayer. Faultlines: Debating the Issues in American Politics. 4th ed. 2014. Previous editions: 2011, 2007, 2004. New York: W.W. Norton.   
Barry Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, Stéphane Lavertu, and Donald P. Moynihan. “Selection Methods, Partisanship, and the Administration of Elections,” Forthcoming (2013) American Politics Research.   
Barry Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, and Donald P. Moynihan. “The Effects and Costs of Early Voting and Same Day Registration in the 2008 Elections,” Forthcoming (September, 2013) American Journal of Political Science.   
David Canon, John Coleman, Kenneth Mayer. The Enduring Debate: Classic and Contemporary Readings in American Politics. 7th ed. 2013. Previous editions: 2011, 2008, 2005, 2003. New York: W. W. Norton.    
Barry Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, Donald P. Moynihan, “The Effect of Administrative Burden on Bureaucratic Perception of Policies: Evidence from Election Administration,” Barry C. Burden, David T. Canon, Kenneth R. Mayer, and Donald P. Moynihan, Public Administration Review 72:5 (September-October, 2012): 741-51.   
Barry Burden, David Canon, Kenneth Mayer, Donald Moynihan. "Early Voting and Election Day Registration in the Trenches: Local Officials' Perceptions of Election Reform." Election Law Journal 10(2): 89-102.   
Kenneth Mayer. 2009. “Thoughts on the Revolution in Presidency Studies.” Presidential Studies Quarterly  39 (no. 4, December).   
Kenneth Mayer, “Executive Orders,” in Joseph Bessette and Jeffrey Tulis, eds., The Constitutional Presidency.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.   
Kenneth Mayer. “Going Alone: The Presidential Power of Unilateral Action.” In George C. Edwards III and William G. Howell, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.   
Kenneth Mayer, Howard Schweber "Does Australia Have a Constitution? Part I: The Powers Constitution," 25 UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal (Spring 2008).   
Kenneth Mayer, Howard Schweber “Does Australia Have a Constitution? Part II: The Rights Constitution," 25 UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal (Spring 2008).   
 

Current Courses taught for Spring 2014-2015

104 - Introduction to American Politics & Government

Instructors: Kenneth Mayer      Field: American Politics

828 - Contemporary Presidency

Instructors: Kenneth Mayer      Field: American Politics