R. Kent Weaver is Professor of Public Policy and Government at Georgetown University and senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. His major fields of research interest are comparative social policy (with a particular focus on public pension programs in advanced industrial societies) and policy implementation. His recent research focuses on understanding how political institutions, feedbacks from past policy choices and strategic behavior of politicians interact to shape public policy choices. He is also interested in understanding the determinants of compliance and non-compliance with public policy across a variety of policy sectors.
Weaver is the author of several books including Ending Welfare As We Know It, The Politics of Industrial Change and Automatic Government: The Politics of Indexation. At Georgetown, Weaver teaches courses the core course in Comparative Public Policy and electives in Getting People to Behave and Pension Policy. Weaver is also interested in improving the quality of case writing and participant-center learning (including case method teaching) in training of public policy students and government officials. In cooperation with Stanford University’s Leadership Academy for Development (LAD), Weaver has taught workshops on participant-centered learning and other topics in numerous countries.
While at the Freeman Spogli Institute, Weaver will be completing a book on pension reform in seven industrial countries and working on a project on how politicians balance multiple objectives. He will be engaging with the faculty in teaching courses on policy design and service delivery and in developing strategies for utilizing case-method teaching in the classroom.
Weaver received his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.