B. Guy


B. Guy Peters



  • D fil (h.c.), University of Gothenberg, 1999
  • DHT (h.c.), University of Vaasa, 1998
  • PhD, Michigan State University, 1970
  • MA, Michigan State University, 1967
  • BA, University of Richmond, 1966


Dr. B. Guy Peters earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is currently the Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Peters has also served as a research professor at the University Center for International Studies (UCIS), a senior fellow at the Canadian Centre for Management Development, and honorary professor at City University of Hong Kong. He currently teaches courses on public policy and American and comparative politics. His research focuses on public policy and administration and American administration policy. He is author of several books, including Comparative Politics: Theory and Method (Basingstoke: Palgrave), and several articles comparing policy coordination and institutional theory.

Teaching and Research Areas

Comparative public policy and administration, American public administration, comparative politics, comparative methodology.

Select Publications and Funded Research

  • Institutional Theory in Political Science: The New Institutionalism. Cassells, 1999.
  • Politics in Western Europe. Chatham House, 1993.
  • The New Institutionalism. Cassells, 1998.
  • Comparative Politics: An Introduction. Chatham House, 1983.
  • The Future of Governing, 2nd Edition. University Press of Kansas, 1996.
  • European Politics Reconsidered. Christian Hunold, 1999.

Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors

  • Consultant, Urban Observatory, Georgia State University, Present.
  • Co-principal Investigator, Ford Foundation Grant on Common Problems of Advanced Industrial Societies, 1973-1975.
  • Swedish Institute Travel Grant, 1973.
  • Co-principal Investigator, Inter-University Consortium on Armed Forces and Society, Grant for the Study of Mid-Career Officers.
  • Fulbright Lectureship, University of Strathclyde, 1975-1976.


  • American Public Policy
  • Concepts and Theories of Comparative Politics
  • Comparative Policy

Other Faculty and Academic Administration Positions

  • Program Director, Comparative Public Policy Program, University Center for Social and Urban Research and University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Senior Fellow, Canadian Centre for Management Development.
  • Honorary Professor, City University of Hong Kong.
  • Acting Director, West European Studies, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1989.

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