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Ronald T Libby

Professor Emeritus | of Political Science

Political Science & Public Administration | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

National and International Political Economy


Ph.D. Political Science, University of Washington, ( Seattle) 1975
M.A. Political Science, University of Washington 1966
B.A. Political Science, Washington State University, 1965



Choice "Outstanding Book" for "Hawke's Law: The Politics of Mining and Aboriginal Land Rights in Australia" (Penn State Press) 1992.


American Political Science Association
Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy
Southern Political Science Association
Policy Studies Association

Publications & Presentations


Purging the Republican Party: Tea Party Campaigns and Elections, (Lexington Press, 2014)

The Criminalization of Medicine: America’s War on Doctors (Praeger Publishers, 2008)

Eco-Wars: Political Campaigns and Social Movements (Columbia University Press, 1999)

Protecting Markets: US Policy and the World Grain Trade (Cornell University Press, 1992)

Hawke's Law: The Politics of Mining and Aboriginal Land Rights in Australia (Penn State University, 1989)

Politics of Economic Power in Southern Africa (Princeton University Press, 1987)

Towards an Africanized US Policy for Southern Africa (University of California Press, 1980)

Articles and Contributions to Collections
“Treating Doctors as Drug Dealers: The DEA’s War on Prescription Painkillers,” Policy Analysis No. 545, June 6, 2005 (CATO Institute, Washington, D.C.). Reprinted by The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy Vol. X, No. 4, Spring 2006.

“The World Grain Trade: Free Trade vs. Food Security,” The History of the World Grain Trade (New York; Sharpe Publishers, 2004).

“HIPAA: Criminalizing Medicine,” Health Leaders (October 2001)

“The US and Jamaica: Playing the American Card,” Latin American Perspectives. Issue 564, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Winter) 1990.

"The Co-optation of an LDC's policy-making: The Case of Ghana" World Politics 1976.

Editor, Referee and Book Reviewer
Member of Editorial Board of P.S.: Political Science & Politics the official journal of the American Political Science Association

American Political Science Review

Comparative Politics

Comparative Political Studies

Political Science Reviewer


Social Science Quarterly

Contact Information

Building 51, Room 2112

(904) 620-1927