Jeffrey Friedman Portrait

Jeffrey Friedman

Director of the Institute for the Study of Politics

Jeffrey Friedman, a Visiting Scholar in the University of California, Berkeley’s Department of Political Science, is a Vice President of the Niskanan Center and the founding Director of Niskanen’s Institute for the Study of Politics. A specialist in the theory of technocracy and of mass democracy, Friedman has taught political theory at Barnard College, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and Yale University. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale and an M.A. in history from Berkeley. He is also the founder and editor of Critical Review, a political theory and political science journal that is in its 29th year of publication. Friedman’s 2011 coauthored volume, Engineering the Financial Crisis: Systemic Risk and the Failure of Regulation (University of Pennsylvania Press), was named by the American Library Association as one of the 25 best scholarly books of the year. He is also the editor or co-editor of What Caused the Financial Crisis (University of Pennsylvania Press); The Rational Choice Controversy: Economic Models of Politics Reconsidered (Yale University Press); Societal Complexity: System Effects and the Problem of Prediction (Routledge)Political Knowledge (Routledge); Rethinking the Rhetorical Presidency (Routledge); and The Nature of Belief Systems Reconsidered (Routledge). In the summer of 2018, his new book, No Exit: An Epistemological Critique of Technocracy, will be published by Oxford University Press.