Justin Buchler

Associate Professor

Justin Buchler

Research Interests

Congress, congressional redistricting, research methods, political strategy, parties and elections


Justin Buchler studies elections, political parties and Congress.  He has written extensively on the nature of competitive elections and their place in democracy.  His 2011 book, Hiring and Firing Public Officials: Rethinking the Purpose of Elections (Oxford University Press), argues that competitive elections are paradoxically unhealthy for democracy because they are not analogous to competitive markets.  Rather, they are poor ways of hiring and firing people.  Tossing a coin to decide whether or not to fire an employee is a bad way to operate, for a business or a country.
Professor Buchler’s articles on electoral competition include “The Social Sub-optimality of Competitive Elections,” in Public Choice, which won the Gordon Tullock Prize for 2007.
Currently, Professor Buchler’s research addresses the use of spatial theory to study elections, the asymmetric nature of partisan conflict, and the burden it places on journalism.
Professor Buchler currently blogs at theunmutual.blogspot.com.

Recent Conference Papers

A Spatial Theory of Media Polarization – Delivered at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL

Asymmetric Polarization and Asymmetric Models: Democratic and Republican Interpretations of Electoral Dynamics – Delivered at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.

The Journalist’s Dilemma: Asymmetric Politics and Journalistic Norms – Earlier Version delivered at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association

Divisions Between Congressional Republicans and the Politics of Ideologically Extreme Reversion Points – Delivered at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association

Some Sample Publications

Buchler, Justin, Going off the Rails on a Crazy Train: The Causes and Consequences of Congressional InfamyThe Forum, Volume 9, Issue 2, 2011.

Buchler, Justin, The proximity paradox: the legislative agenda and the electoral success of ideological extremistsPublic Choice, Volume 133, April 2010.

Buchler, Justin, The Statistical Properties of Competitive Districts: What the Central Limit Theorem Can Teach Us about Election ReformPS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 40, No. 2, April 2007, pp.333-337.

Buchler, Justin, Competition, Representation, and Redistricting: The Case Against Competitive Congressional Districts,Journal of Theoretical Politics, 17(4): 431-463.

Buchler, Justin, The Social Sub-Optimality of Competitive ElectionsPublic Choice, Volume 133, December 2007.

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Contact

justin.buchler@case.edu
216.368.2646
Mather House 9
MW 1:00-2:00pm and by appointment

Other Information

Degree: Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2004
M.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1999
B.A., Pomona College, 1998.

Research: Congress, congressional redistricting, research methods, political strategy, parties and elections