Honors & Awards

  • James L. Barr Memorial Award for the best paper of the year in Public Economics, 1981.
  • Duncan Black Prize for the best paper of the year in Public Choice, 1981 (with Kenneth A. Shepsle).
  • Heinz Eulau Award for the best paper of the year in the American Political Science Review, 1987 (with Kenneth A. Shepsle).
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA, 1993-1994.
  • Plenary Speaker, Economic History Association Meetings, “Institutions and Political Commitment: A New Political Economy of the American Civil War Era,” Tuscon, Arizona, September 1993.
  • Mary Parker Follett Prize for the best paper in politics and history published in 1994 (with Charles Stewart).
  • Franklin L. Burdette Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper presented at the American Political Science Association Meeting, 1994 (with Kenneth Schultz).
  • John M. Olin Visiting Scholar, Cornell Law School (May and October 1996).
  • Elected, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1996.
  • Mary Parker Follett Prize for the best paper in politics and history published in 1998.
  • Sage Award for best paper in the area of comparative politics presented at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association, 2000 (with Alberto Diaz and Beatriz Magaloni).
  • Distinguished Scholar Award in Public Policy, Martin School of Public Policy, University of Kentucky, 2001.
  • John M. Olin Visiting Scholar, Virginia Law School (April 2002).
  • Keynote Paper, Conference on the “Political Economy of Order and Institutions.” Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, January 25-27, 2005.
  • Keynote paper, “Second Generation Fiscal Federalism,” Conference on “New Directions in Fiscal Federalism,” University of Kentucky, September 14-16, 2006
  • William H. Riker Prize and Lecture. In recognition of a body of research that exemplifies and advances the scientific study of politics (May, 2006).
  • Distinguished Visitor, USC Law School (September 2007).
  • Keynote Paper (with Douglass C. North and John Wallis), “Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History,” Conference on “The Interactions Between Governance and Growth: Shifting Paradigms?” World Bank, June 17, 2008, Washington, DC.
  • Keynote Speaker, International Society for the New Institutional Economics, Toronto, Canada, June 20, 2008.
  • Searle Visiting Fellow, Northwestern Law School, October 2008
  • James M. Buchanan Lecture, “Liberty and the Rule of Law: Why Are Developing Countries So Resistant?” George Mason University, November 11, 2008.
  • Kim Thomas Lecture, Whittier College, “Why Are Developing Countries So Resistant to the Rule of Law?” February 26, 2009.
  • Max Weber Lecture, “Rule of Law and Developing Countries,” Max Weber Programme, European University Institute, Fiesole Florence, Italy, March 19, 2009.
  • Herbert Simon Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Scientific Study of the Bureaucracy, April 2010.
  • Elected, National Academy of Sciences, 2011.
  • Daniel Elazar Award for Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to the Study of Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations, 2012.
  • “Caltech Ph.D. Alumni Conference in Honor of the Election of Gary Cox and Barry R. Weingast to the National Academy of Sciences,” Caltech, Pasadena, November 11, 2012.
  • The Earl and Edna Stice Lecture In the Social Sciences, University of Washington, “Escape from the Violence Trap: A New View of Adam Smith and The Political Economics of Development,” February 7, 2014.
  • Annual CHESS Lecture, Center for Historical Enquiry in the Social Sciences, Yale University, September 25, 2014.
  • The Inaugural Elinor and Vincent Ostrom Memorial Lecture, “The Violence Trap: Why Democracy and Rule of Law Fail in the Developing World.” Elinor and Vincent Ostrom Workshop, University of Indiana, Bloomington, February 11, 2015.
  • Sir Douglass Myers Distinguished Visiting Professor (April 2015); and Dean’s Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series, “The Violence Trap: The Failure of Democracy and Rule of Law in the Developing World.” Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand, April 23, 2015.
  • Jack N. Pritzker Distinguished Visitor, Northwestern Pritzker Law School, October-November, 2016.
  • Keynote Speaker, “Principles of Self-Enforcing Constitutions.” International Conference on “The Political Economy of Democracy and Dictatorship,” University of Muenster, Germany, February 22-24, 2017.