Charles Hankla

Associate Professor
Langdale Hall 1020

Curriculum Vitae

Education: Ph.D. Emory 2005 
M.A. London School of Economics 1999
BSFS Georgetown University 1997

Research Interests: 


My research is in the fields of international and comparative political economy.  More specifically, I study the use of state power to regulate, transform, and control economic outcomes, with a focus on the role of domestic political institutions.  I make use of a variety of methods in my research, including quantitative cross-national analyses and qualitative, field-work based case studies of India and Europe.  

My current research projects include a co-authored examination of how party centralization and democratic decentralization interact to influence the provision of local public goods, a quantitative look at budgetary politics in presidential systems, a co-authored study of the impact of differing authoritarian institutions on trade policy, and a co-authored project examining the role of India’s local panchayats.  I spent the spring and summer of 2013 as a visiting scholar in France at Sciences Po Lille and the Centre national de la recherché scientifique (CNRS), researching a book project that uses archival sources to explore the role of state and social actors in France's post-war economic transformation.

I love teaching, and I have offered courses ranging from undergraduate International Relations and International Political Economy to graduate Comparative Political Economy, and Research Methods.  My administrative responsibilities have included nearly three years as departmental director of graduate studies, where I was responsible for overseeing our MA and PhD programs.

I am also active in development consulting, primary through the Andrew Young School's International Center for Public Policy.  Most recently, as part of a joint project of the Vietnamese NationaI Assembly and the UNDP, I helped develop training to assist the Provincial People's Councils of Vietnam in their budgetary oversight responsibilities.  Before that, I participated in a USAID-funded project on local political development in Egypt, and I taught (both in English and French) as part of a USAID-funded summer institute for financial administrators from developing countries. 

If you have any questions about my research or about our department and its graduate or undergraduate programs, please don’t hesitate to contact me.



Carrubba, Clifford J., Matthew Gabel, and Charles R. Hankla. 2012. "Understanding the Role of the ECJ in European Integration" American Political Science Review 106 (1): 214-223.

Hankla, Charles and Daniel Kuthy. Economic Liberalism in Illiberal Regimes: Authoritarian Variation and the Political Economy of Trade. Accepted and Forthcoming from International Studies Quarterly.

Hankla, Charles R. 2009. 
"When is Fiscal Decentralization Good for Governance?" Publius: The Journal of Federalism 39 (4): 632-650. 

    - A Chinese translation of this article is forthcoming in the Journal of Comparative Economics and Social Systems, China.

Carrubba, Clifford J., Matthew Gabel, and Charles R. Hankla. 2008. "Judicial Behavior under Political Constraints: Evidence from the European Court of Justice." American Political Science Review 102 (4): 435-452.

Hankla, Charles R. 2008. "Parties and Patronage: An Analysis of Trade and Industrial Policy in India." Comparative Politics 41 (1): 41-60.

Hankla, Charles R. “Party Linkages and Economic Policy: An Examination of Indira Gandhi’s India.”  Business and Politics 8 (3): 1-29 (2006).

Hankla, Charles R. 2006. "Party Strength and International Trade: A Cross National Analysis." Comparative Political Studies 39 (9): 1133-1156.

Duffield, John and Charles R. Hankla.The Efficiency of Institutions: Political Determinants of Energy Consumption in Advanced Industrialized Countries.  Comparative Politics 43 (2).

Hankla, Charles R. and William M. Downs.  Decentralization, Governance, and the Structure of Local Political Institutions: Assessing the EvidenceLocal Government Studies 36 (6): 759-783.

Hankla, Charles R. 2013.  Fragmented Legislatures and the Budget: Analyzing Presidential Democracies.  Economics & Politics 25 (2): 200-228.


POLS 2401 Global Issues

POLS 3400 International Politics

POLS 3450 US Foreign Policy

POLS 4430 International Political Economy

POLS 4900 Senior Seminar

POLS 8270 Comparative Political Economy

POLS 8273 Political Economy of Development

POLS 8430 International Political Economy

POLS 8459 Studies in Foreign Policy: Domestic Politics and International Relations

POLS 8800 Elements of Research Design


Other Papers:

     - Awarded the Deil Wright Award for best paper presented as part of the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section at the American Political Science Association Annual Convention, Seattle, 2011.