Best Law and Political Science Scientists

The 1st edition of Research.com ranking of top Law and Political Science scientists is based on data collected from Microsoft Academic Graph on December 6th, 2021. Position in the ranking is based on a scientist's D-index (Discipline H-index), which only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline. Show more

Our best scientists ranking is a reliable list of leading scientists from the area of Law and Political Science, based on a meticulous examination of 166,880 scientists on Microsoft Academic Graph. For the discipline of Law and Political Science, over 3,028 profiles were examined.

The D-index threshold for approving a scholar to be considered is set to 20 if most of their publications are in the field of Law and Political Science. The inclusion criteria for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the D-index, proportion of the contributions made within the given discipline in addition to the awards and achievements of the scientists. The D-index threshold for listing top scientists is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of researchers estimated for each discipline whilst ensuring that the top 1% of leading scientists are considered into the ranking. There should be a proximity of 30% or less between a scientist's general H-index and their D-index.

Because the main goal is to ensure that only genuine researchers are included in the ranking we believe that numbers are never meant to be an absolute measure to quantify the contributions of scientists. This is why we manually verify each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of credible sources. Even though it’s not a metric defining a scientist’s position in the ranking, the amount of documents published in major journals and conference proceedings should constitute a reliable secondary indication of their contribution to research in a given discipline. Position in the ranking is based on each scientist’s D-index using data compiled from Microsoft Graph, which is the most prominent and well-established bibliometric database of this type available to the scientific community. A detailed definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page .

Our aim is to inspire scholars, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers worldwide to explore where leading experts are heading and to provide an opportunity for the entire scientific community to discover who the leading experts in specific fields of research, in different countries, or even within research institutions are.

World
National
Scholar
D-Index D-index (Discipline H-index) only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline in contrast to General H-index which accounts for publications across all disciplines.
Citations
Publications
1 World 1 National Cass R. Sunstein

Cass R. Sunstein

Harvard University, United States
D-index 114 Citations 83,144 431
2 World 2 National Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom

Indiana University, United States
D-index 110 Citations 155,432 267
3 World 3 National Alberto Alesina

Alberto Alesina

Harvard University, United States
D-index 105 Citations 109,657 207
4 World 4 National Dani Rodrik

Dani Rodrik

Harvard University, United States
D-index 95 Citations 83,717 179
5 World 1 National Bruno S. Frey

Bruno S. Frey

University of Basel, Switzerland
D-index 91 Citations 44,402 342
6 World 5 National Todd Sandler

Todd Sandler

The University of Texas at Dallas, United States
D-index 91 Citations 38,274 267
7 World 6 National Alejandro Portes

Alejandro Portes

University of Miami, United States
D-index 90 Citations 106,385 197
8 World 7 National Pippa Norris

Pippa Norris

Harvard University, United States
D-index 89 Citations 83,052 317
9 World 8 National Richard A. Posner

Richard A. Posner

University of Chicago, United States
D-index 88 Citations 77,392 355
10 World 9 National Kenneth J. Meier

Kenneth J. Meier

American University, United States
D-index 81 Citations 23,720 259
11 World 1 National Michael Howlett

Michael Howlett

Simon Fraser University, Canada
D-index 78 Citations 27,312 318
12 World 1 National Timothy Besley

Timothy Besley

London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
D-index 77 Citations 51,062 166
13 World 1 National Guido Tabellini

Guido Tabellini

Bocconi University, Italy
D-index 75 Citations 71,351 127
14 World 1 National Claes H. de Vreese

Claes H. de Vreese

University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
D-index 74 Citations 19,647 197
15 World 2 National Donatella Della Porta

Donatella Della Porta

European University Institute, Italy
D-index 73 Citations 27,144 262
16 World 10 National Barry R. Weingast

Barry R. Weingast

Stanford University, United States
D-index 73 Citations 60,944 167
17 World 11 National Lawrence O. Gostin

Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown University, United States
D-index 72 Citations 19,352 496
18 World 12 National Eric A. Posner

Eric A. Posner

University of Chicago, United States
D-index 72 Citations 22,167 203
19 World 13 National Philip E. Tetlock

Philip E. Tetlock

University of Pennsylvania, United States
D-index 71 Citations 35,670 131
20 World 14 National Ronald Inglehart

Ronald Inglehart

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, United States
D-index 71 Citations 118,489 197
21 World 15 National John Hagan

John Hagan

American Bar Foundation, United States
D-index 70 Citations 17,700 201
22 World 16 National Charles Tilly

Charles Tilly

Columbia University, United States
D-index 70 Citations 41,895 183
23 World 17 National Robert O. Keohane

Robert O. Keohane

Princeton University, United States
D-index 70 Citations 84,952 165
24 World 1 National John S. Dryzek

John S. Dryzek

University of Canberra, Australia
D-index 70 Citations 39,381 148
25 World 18 National John Monahan

John Monahan

University of Virginia, United States
D-index 69 Citations 20,631 155
26 World 2 National Andrew Jordan

Andrew Jordan

University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
D-index 69 Citations 17,459 241
27 World 19 National David Weisburd

David Weisburd

George Mason University, United States
D-index 68 Citations 19,646 217
28 World 1 National Axel Dreher

Axel Dreher

Heidelberg University, Germany
D-index 68 Citations 20,349 140
29 World 3 National Bob Jessop

Bob Jessop

Lancaster University, United Kingdom
D-index 68 Citations 36,953 202
30 World 20 National James A. Robinson

James A. Robinson

University of Chicago, United States
D-index 67 Citations 101,697 155
31 World 4 National George Alexander Boyne

George Alexander Boyne

University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
D-index 67 Citations 17,612 171
32 World 21 National B. Guy Peters

B. Guy Peters

University of Pittsburgh, United States
D-index 67 Citations 34,385 247
33 World 2 National André Blais

André Blais

University of Montreal, Canada
D-index 66 Citations 17,824 229
34 World 22 National Seymour Martin Lipset

Seymour Martin Lipset

George Mason University, United States
D-index 65 Citations 55,884 190
35 World 23 National James L. Gibson

James L. Gibson

Washington University in St. Louis, United States
D-index 65 Citations 15,720 151
36 World 24 National Barry R. Chiswick

Barry R. Chiswick

George Washington University, United States
D-index 65 Citations 22,356 179
37 World 5 National Richard Rose

Richard Rose

University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
D-index 64 Citations 21,808 319
38 World 2 National John Braithwaite

John Braithwaite

Australian National University, Australia
D-index 64 Citations 43,830 207
39 World 6 National Ron Johnston

Ron Johnston

University of Bristol, United Kingdom
D-index 64 Citations 13,826 535
40 World 25 National Russell J. Dalton

Russell J. Dalton

University of California, Irvine, United States
D-index 64 Citations 33,227 140
41 World 7 National Eric Neumayer

Eric Neumayer

London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
D-index 63 Citations 15,045 144
42 World 3 National Will Kymlicka

Will Kymlicka

Queen's University, Canada
D-index 63 Citations 53,019 178
43 World 26 National Gary Marks

Gary Marks

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
D-index 63 Citations 37,353 118
44 World 27 National Steven Shavell

Steven Shavell

Harvard University, United States
D-index 62 Citations 19,244 150
45 World 28 National Richard G. Niemi

Richard G. Niemi

University of Rochester, United States
D-index 62 Citations 19,690 153
46 World 29 National Joseph S. Nye

Joseph S. Nye

Harvard University, United States
D-index 61 Citations 68,610 165
47 World 30 National Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol

Harvard University, United States
D-index 61 Citations 38,451 174
48 World 1 National Marc Hooghe

Marc Hooghe

KU Leuven, Belgium
D-index 60 Citations 13,441 270
49 World 31 National Stephan Haggard

Stephan Haggard

University of California, San Diego, United States
D-index 60 Citations 24,717 142
50 World 32 National Philip Pettit

Philip Pettit

Princeton University, United States
D-index 59 Citations 22,241 147
51 World 33 National Lucian Arye Bebchuk

Lucian Arye Bebchuk

Harvard University, United States
D-index 59 Citations 37,798 142
52 World 2 National Wolfgang Streeck

Wolfgang Streeck

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany
D-index 59 Citations 28,791 164
53 World 8 National Gerry Stoker

Gerry Stoker

University of Southampton, United Kingdom
D-index 59 Citations 25,702 240
54 World 34 National Richard A. Epstein

Richard A. Epstein

New York University, United States
D-index 59 Citations 12,385 398
55 World 35 National Barry Bozeman

Barry Bozeman

Arizona State University, United States
D-index 58 Citations 18,182 149
56 World 36 National Anthony A. Braga

Anthony A. Braga

Northeastern University, United States
D-index 58 Citations 13,423 137
57 World 3 National Ian McAllister

Ian McAllister

Australian National University, Australia
D-index 58 Citations 12,367 285
58 World 3 National Hanspeter Kriesi

Hanspeter Kriesi

European University Institute, Italy
D-index 58 Citations 22,240 169
59 World 37 National Larry Diamond

Larry Diamond

Stanford University, United States
D-index 58 Citations 30,163 196
60 World 9 National Peter John

Peter John

King's College London, United Kingdom
D-index 57 Citations 13,183 215
61 World 39 National Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen

Columbia University, United States
D-index 57 Citations 27,947 124
62 World 38 National Michael S. Lewis-Beck

Michael S. Lewis-Beck

University of Iowa, United States
D-index 57 Citations 14,660 210
63 World 40 National Michelle M. Mello

Michelle M. Mello

Stanford University, United States
D-index 57 Citations 10,845 157
64 World 1 National Richard M. Walker

Richard M. Walker

City University of Hong Kong, China
D-index 57 Citations 13,193 133
65 World 41 National Gary W. Cox

Gary W. Cox

Stanford University, United States
D-index 57 Citations 27,254 111
66 World 42 National Liesbet Hooghe

Liesbet Hooghe

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
D-index 57 Citations 33,777 109
67 World 1 National Friedrich Schneider

Friedrich Schneider

Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria
D-index 56 Citations 24,858 220
68 World 43 National Jeffrey Fagan

Jeffrey Fagan

Columbia University, United States
D-index 56 Citations 12,631 119
69 World 3 National Fritz W. Scharpf

Fritz W. Scharpf

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany
D-index 56 Citations 24,471 156
70 World 44 National Oran R. Young

Oran R. Young

University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
D-index 56 Citations 18,619 144
71 World 45 National James M. Snyder

James M. Snyder

Harvard University, United States
D-index 55 Citations 15,041 125
72 World 46 National Sheila Jasanoff

Sheila Jasanoff

Harvard University, United States
D-index 55 Citations 19,632 130
73 World 4 National Christoph Knill

Christoph Knill

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
D-index 55 Citations 14,900 162
74 World 47 National G. John Ikenberry

G. John Ikenberry

Princeton University, United States
D-index 55 Citations 14,893 156
75 World 48 National Bernard Grofman

Bernard Grofman

University of California, Irvine, United States
D-index 54 Citations 9,698 224
76 World 10 National Anthony Heath

Anthony Heath

University of Oxford, United Kingdom
D-index 54 Citations 13,285 155
77 World 49 National Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

New York University, United States
D-index 54 Citations 28,834 116
78 World 51 National James N. Druckman

James N. Druckman

Northwestern University, United States
D-index 54 Citations 20,088 133
79 World 50 National Donald P. Moynihan

Donald P. Moynihan

Georgetown University, United States
D-index 54 Citations 13,589 122
80 World 4 National Philippe C. Schmitter

Philippe C. Schmitter

European University Institute, Italy
D-index 54 Citations 25,107 131
81 World 52 National Aseem Prakash

Aseem Prakash

University of Washington, United States
D-index 54 Citations 11,503 125
82 World 2 National Frank Biermann

Frank Biermann

Utrecht University, Netherlands
D-index 54 Citations 14,056 172
83 World 2 National Frank Schimmelfennig

Frank Schimmelfennig

ETH Zurich, Switzerland
D-index 54 Citations 21,540 132
84 World 11 National Roderick Rhodes

Roderick Rhodes

University of Southampton, United Kingdom
D-index 54 Citations 38,533 145
85 World 1 National Bo Rothstein

Bo Rothstein

University of Gothenburg, Sweden
D-index 54 Citations 22,052 172
86 World 12 National David Held

David Held

Durham University, United Kingdom
D-index 53 Citations 41,165 111
87 World 53 National Laurence J. O'Toole

Laurence J. O'Toole

University of Georgia, United States
D-index 53 Citations 15,114 123
88 World 54 National Gérard Roland

Gérard Roland

University of California, Berkeley, United States
D-index 53 Citations 22,584 108
89 World 55 National Ruth V. Aguilera

Ruth V. Aguilera

Northeastern University, United States
D-index 53 Citations 22,500 132
90 World 4 National Robert E. Goodin

Robert E. Goodin

Australian National University, Australia
D-index 53 Citations 18,124 186
91 World 13 National Andrew Crane

Andrew Crane

University of Bath, United Kingdom
D-index 53 Citations 20,151 107
92 World 5 National Tanja A. Börzel

Tanja A. Börzel

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
D-index 53 Citations 17,337 181
93 World 57 National Shanto Iyengar

Shanto Iyengar

Stanford University, United States
D-index 52 Citations 36,181 111
94 World 58 National George J. Annas

George J. Annas

Boston University, United States
D-index 52 Citations 8,767 323
95 World 56 National Bruce Russett

Bruce Russett

Yale University, United States
D-index 52 Citations 21,216 135
96 World 59 National Kathleen Thelen

Kathleen Thelen

MIT, United States
D-index 52 Citations 58,963 82
97 World 60 National Bernard S. Black

Bernard S. Black

Northwestern University, United States
D-index 51 Citations 24,467 138
98 World 61 National Daniel P. Mears

Daniel P. Mears

Florida State University, United States
D-index 51 Citations 6,608 124
99 World 63 National David Lowery

David Lowery

Pennsylvania State University, United States
D-index 51 Citations 8,472 128
100 World 62 National Lee Sigelman

Lee Sigelman

George Washington University, United States
D-index 51 Citations 9,389 156

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