Norman Schofield

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Norman J. Schofield
Born (1944-01-30) January 30, 1944 (age 73)
Rothesay, Bute, Scotland
Nationality Scottish American
Fields Political science
Institutions Washington University in St. Louis
Alma mater Essex University
University of Liverpool
Known for McKelvey–Schofield chaos theorem

Norman James Schofield (born January 30, 1944) is a Scottish-American political scientist, the Dr. William Taussig Professor of Political Economy at the Washington University in St. Louis.[1][2]


Schofield earned two bachelor's degrees from the University of Liverpool; one in physics in 1965 and the other in mathematics in 1966. Later he obtained two PhDs from Essex University: the first in government in 1976 and the second in economics in 1985. From 1970 to 1976 he was a lecturer in government at Essex University; from 1976 to 1979 he was an associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin; and from 1979 to 1986 he was a reader in economics at Essex University. He came to Washington University in 1986 as a fellow to the Center of Political Economy; became subsequently adjunct professor in 1989 and made full professor in 1996.[1][3]


Schofield is the author or co-author of the following books:

  • Mathematical Methods in Economics and Social Choice (New York University Press 1984, reprinted as Studies in Economic Theory 17, Springer, 2004, ISBN 978-3-540-21138-9)
  • Social Choice and Democracy (Springer, 1985, ISBN 978-0-387-15604-0)
  • Advanced Statistical Methods in the Social Sciences (with Whiteley, Satchell, and Chatterji; Praeger, 1986)
  • Multiparty Government: the politics of coalition in Europe (with Michael Laver, Oxford University Press, 1990, reprinted by University of Michigan Press, 1998, ISBN 978-0-472-08562-0)
  • Architects of Political Change: Constitutional Quandaries and Social Choice Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-521-83202-1)
  • Multiparty Democracy: Elections and Legislative Politics (with Itai Sened, Cambridge University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-521-45035-5)
  • The Spatial Model of Politics (Routledge Series of Political Economy 95, Psychology Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-415-32127-3)
  • The Political Economy of Democracy and Tyranny (Oldenbourg, 2009, ISBN 978-3-486-58826-2)
  • Leadership Or Chaos: The Heart and Soul of Politics (with Maria Gallego, Springer, 2011, ISBN 978-3-642-19515-0)

Awards and honors[edit]

Schofield has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Liverpool in 1986, and from the University of Caen in 1992.[1][3]

In 2002 Schofield won the William H. Riker Prize in political science "for his path-breaking contributions to the theory of collective choice in multidimensional settings, the extension of those results to the analysis of coalition politics in parliamentary systems, and, subsequently, to the analysis of American constitutional politics."[3]

In 2005 he was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2012-03-03.
  2. ^ Rowley, Charles K. (2004), "SCHOFIELD, Norman James", The Encyclopedia of Public Choice, Springer, pp. 392–393, ISBN 978-0-7923-8607-0 .
  3. ^ a b c 2002 William H. Riker Prize in Political Science, Univ. of Rochester, retrieved 2012-03-03.
  4. ^ Three faculty elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Gerry Everding, Washington Univ., April 27, 2005, retrieved 2012-03-03.