Jenna Bednar

Research Faculty


Research Associate Professor, Center for Political Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science


Ph.D. 1988 Stanford University (Political Science)


Jenna Bednar’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Jenna Bednar’s Personal Website

Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan
Room 4259, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104–2321, United States

Phone: 734–615–5165
Fax: 734–764–3341

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Professor Bednar's research is on the analysis of institutions, focusing on the theoretical underpinnings of the stability of federal states. Her models seek to answer questions such as: Why does the federal government take advantage of state governments? Why are some federations stable, despite frequent episodes of intergovernmental tension? and Can the court effectively referee federalism disputes if it makes mistakes or is biased in favor of one goverment? She is also interested in constitutions: specifically, the potential that constitutional design has to affect the behavior of heterogeneous populations with decentralized governmental structures.

Selected publications. Please also see Jenna Bednar’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Bednar, J., The robust federation: principles of design. 2009, New York: Cambridge University Press, 242 p.

Bednar, J. and S. Page, Can Game (s) Theory Explain Culture? Rationality and society, 2007. 19(1): p. 65.

Bednar, J., Is Full Compliance Possible? Journal of theoretical politics, 2006. 18(3): p. 347.

Bednar, J., Federalism as a public good. Constitutional political economy, 2005. 16(2): p. 189.

Bednar, J., Judicial Predictability and Federal Stability. Journal of theoretical politics, 2004. 16(4): p. 423.