Skip to content Skip to navigation

Barry Weingast

Barry's portrait
(650) 723 3729

Barry Weingast

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development
Ward C. Krebs Family Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
Senior Fellow
Hoover Institution
PhD, Economics, California Institute of Technology, 1977
BA, Mathematic, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1973


Barry R. Weingast is the Ward C. Krebs Family Professor, Department of Political Science, and a Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution. He served as Chair, Department of Political Science, from 1996 through 2001. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Weingast’s research focuses on the political foundation of markets, economic reform, and regulation. He has written extensively on problems of political economy of development, federalism and decentralization, legal institutions and the rule of law, and democracy. Weingast is co-author of Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History (with Douglass C. North and John Joseph Wallis, Cambridge University Press, 2009) and Analytic Narratives (Princeton, 1998). He edited (with Donald Wittman) The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy (Oxford University Press, 2006). Weingast has won numerous awards, including the William H. Riker Prize, the Heinz Eulau Prize (with Ken Shepsle), the Franklin L. Burdette Pi Sigma Alpha Award (with Kenneth Schultz), and the James L. Barr Memorial Prize in Public Economics.

Research Interests: 
Political Economy of Development, Federalism and Decentralization, Democracy and the Rule of Law