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William Downs

Professor, Associate Dean for the Social and Behaviorial Sciences, Co-Director, Center for Human Rights and Democracy, and Director, EU Studies Program in Strasbourg, France 


wdowns2@gsu.edu

404-413-6170
Langdale Hall 1024

Education: Ph.D. Emory 1994

Research Interests: Comparative politics (Europe), Federalism//Regionalism, Far-Right Extremism, Human Rights

Recent Publications:

William M. Downs (2012). Political Extremism in Democracies; Combating Intolerance. New York/London: Palgrave Macmillan.

William M. Downs.
2012.  “There Goes the Neighbourhood? The ‘Americanisation’ of Elections, with Evidence from Scotland's Parliament.”  Parliamentary Affairs 65:4, pp. 758-777.


William M. Downs. 2011.  “A Project ‘Doomed to Succeed’?  Informational Asymmetries, Euroscepticism, and Threats to the Locomotive of Integration.” 
Contemporary Politics 17:3, pp. 279-296.

Charles Hankla and William M. Downs.  2010.  “Decentralisation, Governance, and the Structure of Local Political Institutions:  Lessons for Reform?” Local Government Studies 36:6, pp. 759-783.

William M. Downs.  2010.  “Comparative Federalism, Confederalism, and Unitary Systems,” in John Ishiyama and Marijke Breuning, eds., 21st Century Political Science (Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage).

William M. Downs.  2010. “Electoral Systems and Elections in Comparative Perspective,” in John Ishiyama and Marijke Breuning, eds., 21st Century Political Science (Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage).

William M. Downs, Carrie Manning, and Richard Engstrom.  2009. “Revisiting the ‘Moderating Effects of Incumbency’:  A Comparative Study of Government Participation and Political Extremism,” Journal of Contemporary European Studies 17:2, pp. 151-169. 

William M. Downs.  2009.  “The 2008 Parliamentary Elections in Romania,” Electoral Studies 28:3 (dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2009.04.002).

William M. Downs and Raluca Miller.  2006.  “The 2004 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Romania,” Electoral Studies 25:2, pp. 409-415. 

William M. Downs and Satu Riutta.  2005.  “Out with ‘Rainbow Government’ and in with ‘Iraqgate’: The Finnish General Election of 2003,” Government and Opposition 40:3 (2005): 424-441.

William M. Downs.  2003.  “El Parlament de Catalunya: A Model for Regional Assertiveness in the EU?”, South European Society and Politics, 8:3, pp. 33-63.