Douglas W. Rae

Richard S. Ely Professor of Management & Professor of Political Science

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Douglas Rae is a student of the interface between business and government. He has served on the Yale faculty since 1967, chairing the political science department during the 1980s.  He took public service leave in 1990 and 1991 to serve as chief administrative officer of New Haven during a crisis period. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, was a fellow of Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and has received numerous honors and prizes for his research. He has consulted widely and variously to the parliaments of Spain, Italy, & the Netherlands Antilles, select corporate leaders, to numerous American cities and universities, and to the BBC.

At Yale, he has held leadership positions and board memberships with the University Library, Yale University Press, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, the Division of Social Sciences, the Department of Athletics, and Yale SOM.

His lecture course on Capitalism is featured on the web through Open Yale.


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  • PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1967
  • MS, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1964
  • BA, Indiana University, 1962


  • State & Society MGT 413

Selected Books


D. W. Rae and D. Yates
Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press

Selected Articles

Majority rule

D. W. Rae and E. Schickler
Perspectives on public choice


  • Chief Administrative Officer, City of New Haven, Connecticut, 1990-1991
  • George Hallet Prize, American Political Science Association, 1989
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1988
  • Elm and Ivy Award for Town-Gown Relations, New Haven, Connecticut, 1984
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1983


  • Christian Democratic Party of Italy
  • Parliament of Spain
  • Government of the Netherlands Antilles
  • BBC


  • Civic Arts Review Editorship
  • Theoretical Politics Editorship


  • New Haven Youth Soccer (President)
  • New Haven Lawn Club (President)
  • Mory’s Association (President)
  • Mory’s Preservation Inc. (President)
  • New Haven Preservation Trust
  • Tweed New Haven Airport (Chair)
  • Leeway Inc. (Chair)
  • New Haven Youth Tennis and Education
  • Project MORE
  • Candidate School for Women
  • New Haven Scholarship Fund (Trustee)