William Clark

Research Faculty


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


Ph.D. 1994 Rutgers University


William Clark’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)
William Clark’s Personal Website

Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan
Room 4251, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104–2321, United States

Phone: 734–763–9715
Fax: 734–764–3341
Email: wrclark@umich.edu

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William Clark's research explores how political and social institutions can simultaneously be the product of human choice and an important determinant of human behavior. Much of his work has focused on the political control of the macroeconomy in an open economy setting. Specifically, he has examined a) the effect of central bank independence, capital mobility, and fixed exchange rates on monetary and fiscal policy choices made by survival-maximizing incumbents; b) the effect of elections and partisanship on macroeconomic outcomes; and the choice of monetary institutions in a world of mobile capital. He has also done some work on the politics of international trade. He is currently engaged in work on the effect of electoral laws on the choice of the exchange rate regime, the measurement of international capital mobility, the effect of social heterogeneity and electoral laws on legislative fractionalization, the welfare consequences of democracy and the statistical analysis of asymmetric causal claims.

Selected publications. Please also see William Clark’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)...

Clark, W.R., Matt Golder, and Sona Nadenicheck, Principles of Comparative Politics, Congressional Quarterly Press, 2008.

Brambor, T., William Roberts Clark, and Matt Golder, Understanding Interaction Models: Improving Empirical Analyses. Political analysis, 2006. 14(1): p. 63.

Clark, W.R., Michael J. Gilligan and Matt Golder, A simple multivariate test for asymmetric hypotheses. Political analysis, 2006. 14(3): p. 311.

Clark, W.R., and Matt Golder, Rehabilitating Duverger's theory. Comparative political studies, 2006. 39(6): p. 679.

Clark, W.R., Capitalism, not globalism: capital mobility, central bank independence, and the political control of the economy. 2003, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.