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Steven Callander: Why Gridlock & Unelected Bureaucrats are Good for Democracy

Biography

Stanford Graduate School of Business
The Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management

Research Statement

Steve Callander’s research interests lie at the intersection of business, politics, and society. As a researcher, he uses the tools of game theory to build models of political and economic institutions (legislatures, bureaucracies, markets, etc.) to understand how they work, how they can be designed better, and how business strategy can incorporate “beyond market” issues. At the GSB, Professor Callander teaches classes on Strategy Beyond Markets and Strategic Crisis Management in both the MBA program and a variety of Executive Education programs.

Bio

Steve Callander is a Professor of Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His research has been published in leading journals of economics and political science, including the American Economic Review, the American Political Science Review, and the Journal of Political Economy. He received a B.Commerce (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a MS and PhD from Caltech. Before moving to Stanford, he taught at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and was a visiting scholar at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Social Science, California Institute of Technology, 2002
  • MS in Social Science, California Institute of Technology, 1999
  • BCommerce (1st Class Honours), Economics and Finance, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1996

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor (with tenure), Stanford GSB.
  • Visiting Scholar, Harris School of Public Policy - University of Chicago.
  • Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University.

Awards and Honors

  • GSB Trust Faculty Fellow, 2010-2011, 2012-2013, 2013-2014
  • Excellence in Refereeing Award, 2009, 2012
  • QJPS Referee Hall of Fame 2005-2014

Teaching

Degree Courses

2017-18

POLECON 230: Strategy Beyond Markets

Politicians, regulators, and voters place limits on - and present opportunities for - nearly every business. Firms like Uber, Airbnb, and Google do not only remain cognizant of existing laws, they also look for opportunities to change the law in...

POLECON 515: Strategy Beyond the Market: Innovation in the Energy Industry

The future of the energy industry is deeply intertwined with politics and the formation of policy. What happens beyond the market shapes the rules of the game for market competition. In this class we''ll take a deeper dive into the market and...

POLECON 680: Foundations of Political Economy

This course provides an introduction to political economy with an emphasis on formal models of collective choice, public institutions, and political competition. Topics considered include voting theory, social choice, institutional equilibria,...

2016-17

POLECON 680: Foundations of Political Economy

This course provides an introduction to political economy with an emphasis on formal models of collective choice, public institutions, and political competition. Topics considered include voting theory, social choice, institutional equilibria,...

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

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writtenWhy Politicians Have Incentives to Let Outdated Policies Linger

June 14, 2017

Real-world disruptions inevitably lead to “policy decay,” but corrections are hard to come by.

writtenWhen Business Gets Political

July 7, 2016

Should your company wade into hot-button issues?

writtenPolitical Machinations: How Candidates Cater to — and Shape — Public Opinion

February 8, 2016

Four Stanford GSB professors show how our elected officials win over voters.

writtenKen Shotts: How to Understand (and Avoid) Political Risk

June 18, 2015

Political risk is inevitable, but there are ways to mitigate it.

writtenSteven Callander: How to Make States “Laboratories of Democracy”

May 19, 2015

A Stanford professor argues that state innovation needs a federal nudge.

writtenCheer Up, Americans! Gridlock and Bureaucrats Actually Improve Our Politics

January 12, 2015

A Stanford professor of political economy finds virtue in filibusters and “unelected bureaucrats.”

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Cases

ChargePoint Beyond the Market: S.B. 350 and the Future of EV Charging | SM292 Steve Callander, Josh Richman, Julie Makinen2018

Sunrun in 2017: Net Metering in Nevada (A) | P93A Steven Callander, Josh Richman, Cameron Lehman2018

Sunrun in 2017: Net Metering in Nevada (B) | P93B Steven Callander, Cameron Lehman2018

SOPA The Media Industry Fights Online Copyright Infringement | P82 Steven Callander, David Hoyt2013

Uber 21st Century Technology Confronts 20th Century Regulation | P81 Steven Callander, David Hoyt2012

ChargePoint Beyond the Market: S.B. 350 and the Future of EV Charging | SM292 Steve Callander, Josh Richman, Julie Makinen2018

Sunrun in 2017: Net Metering in Nevada (A) | P93A Steven Callander, Josh Richman, Cameron Lehman2018

Sunrun in 2017: Net Metering in Nevada (B) | P93B Steven Callander, Cameron Lehman2018

SOPA The Media Industry Fights Online Copyright Infringement | P82 Steven Callander, David Hoyt2013

Uber 21st Century Technology Confronts 20th Century Regulation | P81 Steven Callander, David Hoyt2012

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