Alan Wiseman

Professor, Department of Political Science, Vanderbilt University
Professor of Law (by Courtesy), Vanderbilt University

Professor Wiseman has research and teaching interests in American political institutions and positive political economy, focusing on legislative and electoral politics, regulation, bureaucratic politics, and business-government relations. He is the author of The Internet Economy: Access, Taxes, and Market Structure (Brookings Institution Press, 2001), and Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers (2014, Cambridge University Press; coauthored with Craig Volden); and he has published research in journals including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. His current projects include exploring the causes and consequences of legislative effectiveness in the United States Congress, studying the role of party competition in legislative politics and policymaking, and assessing the prospects for substantive industry self-regulation.

You can learn about my recently-published book, Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers (co-authored with Craig Volden of the University of Virginia) and the broader Legislative Effectiveness Project at


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Alan E. Wiseman
Professor of Political Science and Law (by courtesy)
Office: 336 Commons Center
PMB 0505
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203-5721
(615) 322-6241

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