Peter Ordeshook

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Peter Carl Ordeshook (born May 21, 1942) is an American political scientist. He is the Mary Stillman Harkness Professor of Political Science at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.[1]

Peter C. Ordeshook
Born (1942-05-21) May 21, 1942 (age 78)
Alma materUniversity of Rochester
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Scientific career
FieldsPolitical science
InstitutionsCalifornia Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisorMelvin J. Hinich

He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied engineering, economics and politics. He has been a professor at Caltech since 1987. He has authored influential papers and books, such as "The Calculus of Voting" (co-authored with William H. Riker). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Research interestsEdit

His research interests include the election process, international relations, and applications of game theory to politics.

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Lessons for Citizens of a New Democracy. Edward Elgar, 1997.
  • A Political Theory Primer. Routledge Press, 1992.
  • Constitutional Secessions Clauses (with Yan Chen), Constitutional Political Economy. 1994.
  • The Forensics of Election Fraud: Russia and Ukraine (with Mikhail Myagkov), Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • Endogenous Time Preferences in Social Networks (with Marianna Klochko), Edward Elgar, 2005.
  • Designing Federalism (with M. Filippov and O. Shvetsova), Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • Game Theory and Political Theory, Cambridge University Press, 1986.
  • The Balance of Power: Stability in International Systems (with Emerson Niou and Gregory Rose), Cambridge University Press, 1989.


  1. ^ "Caltech profile page". Retrieved 3 March 2016.

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