Gary Miller received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976. The most influential person in his graduate career was Joe Oppenheimer, now at Maryland. Joe taught philosophy of science, positive political theory, and game theory. Gary's area of expertise is in the politics of organizations, committees, and small-group decision-making. He has been the principal investigator for three National Science Foundation grants that have funded experimental research on coalition formation and decision-making under various institutional rules. The goal of the experimental research is to design critical laboratory tests for cutting edge rational choice theories of group decision-making--and to suggest directions for reformulation of the theory where it is found lacking.

In the area of organizational decision-making, he has written Managerial Dilemmas, published by Cambridge University Press. This book attempts to bridge the gap between the traditional behavioral analysis of business firms, which stresses managerial leadership and cooperation, and the emerging literature of organizational economics, which focuses on the engineering of incentive systems that reward productive employee behavior. He argues that because no incentive system can completely overcome the perverse effects of information asymmetries and production interdependence, business firms must address the fundamental problems of politics: the creation and disposition of political authority.

In addition, Gary has a deep interest in American political history. He has written (with Jack Knott) Reforming Bureaucracy: The Politics of Institutional Choice. This book, published by Prentice-Hall, discusses the historical origins of the bureaucratic and regulatory forms that have shaped business-government relations since the Progressive Reform movement at the beginning of the twentieth century.


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