William R. Shaffer

William R. Shaffer

Professor Emeritus // Political Science
Emeriti Faculty

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Taught/Fall 2013
Pol 101 - American Government and Politics
POL 410 - Political Parties and Politics

Ph.D. Syracuse University, New York
M.A. Syracuse University, New York
B.A. Syracuse University, New York


American Politics



Professor Shaffer, a specialist on political parties and behavior, was involved in research on the origins of political parties and legislative behavior. His published books include Computer Simulations of Voting Behavior, Party and Ideology in the United States Congress, and Politics, Parties, and Parliaments. In addition, Professor Shaffer has published a number of articles in scholarly journals. He is especially interested in working with students in the areas of political parties, legislative behavior, and electoral behavior.

Selected Publications

"Distant Allies And Proximate Enemies In Issue Voting: Myth or Reality?" Political Behavior 18:187-218, 1996.

Politics, Parties and Parliaments: Political Change in Norway. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1998.

"Political Engineering: The Case of the New Scottish Parliament." Journal of Legislative Studies, 2005.


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