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Biographical Profile - Elisabeth Gerber

Elisabeth R. Gerber is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the Ford School. Her current research focuses on intergovernmental cooperation, land use and economic development policy, local fiscal capacity, and local political accountability. She has written articles on direct democracy, election reform, primary elections, legislative process, voter behavior, land use policy and political representation, and is the author of The Populist Paradox: Interest Group Influence and the Promise of Direct Legislation(1999), co-author of Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy (2000), and co-editor of Voting at the Political Fault Line: California’s Experiment with the Blanket Primary (2001) and Michigan at the Millennium (2003). Prior to her appointment at the Ford School, Professor Gerber was a member of the faculty of the University of California, San Diego. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

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