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James Alt

Faculty Associate


James Alt

James Alt is Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government at Harvard and member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He was a Guggenheim fellow in 1997–1998. His publications include The Politics of Economic Decline (1979), Political Economics (with K. Crystal, 1983), and numerous articles in scholarly journals, including “Partisan De-alignment in Britain, 1964–74” in British Journal of Political Science (1977), and “Political Parties, World Demand, and Unemployment” in American Political Science Review (1985). He is co-editor of Cabinet Studies (with V. Herman, 1975) and of Competition and Cooperation (with M. Levi and E. Ostrom, 1999). Alt’s present research analyzes institutional transparency, accountability, and fiscal policy in OECD countries and US states.


  • Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government, Harvard University
  • Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University