James D. Savage

James SavageAuthor of Reconstructing Iraq’s Budgetary Institutions: Coalition State Building after Saddam (Cambridge University Press, 2013); Making the EMU:The Politics of Budgetary Surveillance and The Enforcement of Maastricht (Oxford University Press, 2007); Funding Science in America: Congress, Universities, and the Politics of the Academic Pork Barrel (Cambridge University Press, 2000); and Balanced Budgets and American Politics (Cornell University Press, 1990). Articles appearing in such journals as the Journal of PoliticsReview of International Political EconomyLegislative Studies QuarterlyComparative Political Studies, and Public Administration Review.  Recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell dissertation prize, an Olin-Bradley post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University, a Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs fellowship, a Fulbright-European Union Affairs fellowship, and other fellowships and awards.  Recipient of the 2013 Aaron B. Wildavsky Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in budgeting and public financial management.  Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2014.

My research and teaching focus on comparative budgetary, fiscal, and macroeconomic policy, with an emphasis on the United States, the European Union, Iraq, and Japan. I am particularly interested in the development of macrobudgetary rules, procedures, and institutions in these countries, and how they influence fiscal outcomes.  My research on the EU includes a study of the Maastricht Treaty and the Stability and Growth Pact.  Research for the book was conducted as a Fulbright-European Union Affairs fellow affiliated with the European Commission.  My studies of the development of Japanese budgetary procedures and policy stem from research conducted at the Japanese Ministry of Finance as a Council of Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs Fellow.  My most recent book explores the American-led Coalition’s reconstruction of Iraq’s budgetary system after the fall of Saddam Hussein.  I am currently completing projects on budgetary statebuilding in Afghanistan and the rise of new fiscal rules in the European Union in the wake of financial crisis.

My service to the University includes serving as Executive Assistant to the President for Federal Relations, Assistant Vice President for Research and Federal Relations, Director, Masters of Administration and Mid-Career Programs, Interim Department Chair, and Associate Chair.


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Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Political Science