John W. Cioffi
L: Regulation and Governance

John W. Cioffi is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. Professor Cioffi received his J.D. with High Honors from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to his academic career, Professor Cioffi clerked for United States District Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise (D.N.J.) and practiced law as a litigation associate with the New York law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton.

Professor Cioffi is the author of the book, Public Law and Private Power: The Comparative Political Economy of Corporate Governance Reform in the Age of Finance Capitalism (Cornell University Press, 2010), part of the Cornell Studies in Political Economy series edited by Peter J. Katzenstein. This work focuses on the comparative law and political economy of national corporate governance regimes and their reform in the United States and Western Europe up to and including the global financial crisis.

He has published numerous articles and book chapters on comparative law and regulation, with a focus on the comparative political economy of corporate governance, financial regulation, and labor relations. His articles have appeared in the Politics & Society, Regulation & Governance, Law & Policy, the Journal of Law and Society, the American Journal of Comparative Law, and various law reviews.

Prof. Cioffi’s current research investigates conflicts of interest as products of complex legal, political, and institutional processes that pose a persistent insidious threat to democratic politics and the rule of law. At its core is the reciprocal dynamic in which law and politics influence the forms, prevalence, and political economic consequences of conflicts of interest, even as legally constituted and institutionalized conflicts of interest generate allocations of power that, in turn, alter law and politics.

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