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The Property Qualification, Democratization, and the Contested Right to Vote in the United States, with Justin Moeller. New York: Routledge.   (in progress and under contract – publication anticipated for 2018.)

Strategia cercetarii: Treisprezece cursuri despre elementele stiintelor sociale (The Strategy of Research: Thirteen Lessons on the Elements of Social Science)
translated into Romanian by Adriana Groza (Iasi: Polirom Press, 2005).
English version, in bound manuscript form, is available from Montezuma Publishing.

Budgeting Entitlements: The Politics of Food Stamps (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2000).

Money, Time, and Politics: Investment Tax Subsidies and American Democracy
(New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993).

Growth with Fairness: A Program to Rebuild America's Economy
co-authored with Milton J. Esman and Steven I. Jackson
(Washington D.C.: Seven Locks Press, 1988).


Romania Under Basescu: Aspirations, Achievements, and Frustrations during his First Presidential Term. With Paul Sum. Lexington Books. Forthcoming 2011.
-- co-organizer of the volume and editor of the papers included.
-- co-author of "Introduction: Triage Democratization" pp. 1-16 and "Afterward" pp. 348-350.

Thomas Paine:  Common Sense for the Modern Era.  co-edited with Elsie Begler. 
(San Diego:  San Diego State University Press, 2007).
-- organizer of the volume and editor of the papers included.
-- author of "Introduction."

Special Symposium Issue, "Tax Reform and American Politics: The Tax Reform Act of 1986 and Beyond," American Politics Quarterly, Vol. 19, no. 4 (October 1991).
-- organizer of the Symposium and editor of the papers included in the volume.
-- author of the "Introduction: Tax Reform and American Politics," pp. 417-425.
-- author of the concluding essay, "On Watersheds, Reforms, and Public Goods," pp. 494-504.


“Confusions in the Anticommons,” co-authored with Ivan Major and Cosmin Gabriel Marian, Journal of Law and Politics, Vol. 9 (2016): 64-79.

“Anticommons, the Coase Theorem, and the Problem of Bundling Inefficiency,” co-authored with Ivan Major and Cosmin Gabriel Marian, International Journal of the Commons, Vol. 10 (2016), pp. 244-264.

“Political Opinion and the Trends in Romanian Government Expenditures,” co-authored with Cosmin Gabriel Marian, Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences, No. 48E (2016), pp. 54-65.

“Stripped of All Phrases: Romanian Politics and Romanian National Expenditures,” co-authored with Cosmin Gabriel Marian, Analele Universitatii din Bucharesti, Seria Stiinte Politice, Vol. 18 (2016), pp. 5-33.

“Representation, Incumbency, and the Quality of Romanian Democracy,” co-authored with Cosmin Gabriel Marian, Post-Communist Romania at Twenty-Five, eds. Lavinia Stan and Diane Vancea (Lanham MD: Lexington Books, 2015), pp. 149-169.
-- Romanian language version:  Romania Postcommunista: Tricut, Preszent si Viitor (Iasi: Polirom Press, 2106), forthcoming.

"Perceiving the Line: The Relevance of the Left-Right Ideological Dimension for Voter Preferences in Romania," co-authored with Cosmin Gabriel Marian. Electoral Expert Review, No. 6 (2014), pp. 3-18.

"Antagonism and Austerity: The December 2012 Romanian Parliamentary Elections," co-authored with Cosmin Gabriel Marian, Electoral Studies, Vol. 34 (2014), pp. 310-315.

"Minority Representation and Reserved Legislative Seats in Romania," co-authored with Cosmin Gabriel Marian, East European Politics and Societies, Vol. 26, no. 3 (2012), pp. 561-588.

"Democracy as Triage," Europolis: Journal of Political Analysis and Theory, Vol. 5, no. 1 (2011), pp. 7-15.

"Stability Within Commotion: Romanian Electoral Patterns, 2004-2009," co-authored with Cosmin Gabriel Marian, Romania Under Basescu, eds. Ronald King and Paul Sum (Lexington Books, forthcoming 2011), pp. 29-44.

"A Tale of Two Palaces: Semi-Presidentialism and Strategic Conflict," co-authored with Cosmin Gabriel Marian, Romania Under Basescu, eds. Ronald King and Paul Sum (Lexington Books, forthcoming 2011), pp. 101-126.

"Plus ça change: Electoral Law Reform and the 2008 Romanian Parliamentary Elections," co-authored with Cosmin Gabriel Marian, Communist and Post-Communist Studies. Vol. 43, no. 1 (2010), pp. 7-18.

"Romania, Twenty Years After the Revolution," 1989-2009: Incredibila Aventura a Democratiei Dupa Comunism, ed. Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu (Iasi, Romania: Institutul European, 2010), pp. 199-209.

"Narratives of American Politics," co-authored with Thomas Langston, Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 6, no. 2, (2008), pp. 235-252.

"Defining Political Science: A Cross-National Survey," co-authored with Cosmin Gabriel Marian, European Political Science, Vol. 7, no. 2 (2008), pp. 207-219.

"Race, Reform, and Desegregation in Mississippi Higher Education: Historically Black Institutions After United States v. Fordice," co-authored with Paul E. Sum and Steven Andrew Light, Law and Social Inquiry, Vol. 29, no. 2 (2004), pp. 403-435.

"The Rationalities of Corruption: A Focus Group Study with Middle-Sized Business Firms," Romanian Journal of Society and Politics, Vol. 3, no. 1 (2003), pp. 132-164.

"A Most Corrupt Election: Louisiana in 1876," Studies in American Political Development, Vol. 15, no. 1 (Fall 2001), pp. 123-137.

"Counting the Votes: South Carolina's Stolen Election of 1876," Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Vol. 32, no. 2 (Autumn 2001), pp. 169-191.

"Hayes Wins: A Revisionist Account of the Presidential Vote in 1876," PRG Report: Newsletter of the Presidency Research Group, Vol. 23, no. 1 (Fall 2000), pp. 20-25.

"Welfare Reform: Block Grants, Expenditure Caps, and the Paradox of the Food Stamp Program," Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 114, no. 3 (Fall 1999), pp. 359-385.

"Inter-Party Advantage and Intra-Party Diversity," co-authored with Susan Ellis, Studies in American Political Development, Vol. 13, no. 1 (Spring 1999), pp. 31-45.

"Capping Entitlements: Budget Rules and the Food Stamp Program," Journal of Public Policy,Vol. 18, no. 2 (1998), pp. 133-161.

"Voting for the Status Quo: The American Presidential Election of 1996," Transylvanian Review, Vol. 6, no. 3 (1997), pp. 171-184.

"Partisan Advantage and Constitutional Change: The Case of the Seventeenth Amendment," co-authored with Susan Ellis, Studies in American Political Development, Vol. 10 (1996), pp. 69-102.

"The Downfall of David Duke: Duke, Republicans, and the Structure of Elections in Louisiana," co-authored with Douglas D. Rose and Matthew Crozat, David Duke and the Politics of Race in the South, ed. John C. Kuzenski, Charles Bullock III, and Ronald Keith Gaddie (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1995), pp. 127-145.

"Red and Green: Air Pollution Levels and Left Party Power in OECD Countries," co-authored with Alexandra Borchardt, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol. 12 (1994), pp. 225-241.

"The Politics and Anti-Politics of Tax Expenditures," Current Politics and Economics of the United States, Vol. 1, no. 1 (1993), pp. 83-99.

"The Supply-Side Reformation: Business Tax Policies in the Ford Administration," Gerald R. Ford and the Politics of Post-Watergate America, ed. Bernard J. Firestone and Alexej Ugrinsky (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993), pp. 245-276.

"Conclusion: On Particulars, Universals, and Neat Tricks," The Emergence of David Duke and the Politics of Race, ed. Douglas Rose (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1992), pp. 242-252.

"Continuity and Change: Fiscal Policy in the Kennedy Administration," John F. Kennedy: The Promise Revisited, ed. Paul Harper and Joann P. Krieg (New York: Greenwood Press, 1988),
pp. 171-182.

"The Politics of Denial: The Use of Funding Penalties as an Implementation Device for Social Policies," Policy Sciences, Vol. 20, no. 4 (1987), pp. 307-337.

"Macroeconomists and Presidential Policy: A Review Essay," Western Political Quarterly, Vol. 40, no. 1 (March 1987), pp. 187-200.

"The Impact of Taxes in Developed Capitalist Countries," co-authored with Steven Jackson, American Political Science Review, Vol. 80, no. 1 (March 1986), 251-255.

"The President and Fiscal Policy in 1966: The Year that Taxes Weren't Raised," Polity, Vol. 17, no. 4 (Summer 1985), pp. 685-714.

"Tax Expenditures and Systematic Public Policy: An Essay on the Political Economy of the Federal Revenue Code," Public Budgeting and Finance, Vol. 4, no. 1 (Spring 1984), pp. 14-31; and "The Caterpillar and the Butterfly:  Reply to Ms. Koehn," Public Budgeting and Finance, Vol. 4, no. 4 (Winter 1984), pp. 107-8.

"From Redistributive to Hegemonic Logic: The Transformation of American Tax Politics, 1894-1963," Politics and Society, Vol. 12, no. 1 (1983), pp. 1-52.
-- Selection reprinted in The Politics of American Economic Policy Making, ed. Paul Peretz, in both the 1st edition (Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1987), pp. 255-265, and the 2nd edition (Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1996), pp. 234-245.
-- Article reprinted in Tax Policy: International Library of Comparative Public Policy, ed. Sven Steinmo (Cheltenham UK: Elgar Reference Collection, 1998), pp. 179-230.


"Final Evaluation of Progress: Social Science Curriculum Development Program and the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca,
Romania." With Paul Sum and Michael Cain, prepared for IREX and ACLS, November 1999.

"Ayers and Alcorn State University: A Focus Group Study of White Student Higher Education Opportunities and Attitudes in Southwest Mississippi," prepared for the State of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and Alcorn State University, pursuant to the Court decisions in Ayers v. Fordice, April 1999.

"Re-Analysis of Orleans Parish Reading Scores, 2nd and 3rd Grades," prepared for use by the Orleans Parish School Board and administrators, November 1997.

"Schools Composite Ranking Data, Revisited," prepared for use by the Orleans Parish School Board and administrators, July 1997.

Survey of Earth Day 1995-Romania participants -- reasons for participation, level of environmental knowledge, policy views of participants, general evaluation of the event. Conducted for the Ecology Club of Transylvania and the U.S. Peace Corps. Summary published as "Clujenii Doresc Un Mediu Mai Curat [Clujians Want a Cleaner Environment]," Ecoforum (Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 1996), pp. 1, 6.


“On the 2016 Presidential Election – Early Thoughts,” Financial Executives International, San Diego Chapter Newsletter, Vol. 2016, no. 4 (April 2016), p. 3, 5.

Academic Role Model – Ronald King,” Political Science Club, University of Bucharest,(posted June 16, 2015).

"On Presidential Politics and the November Election," Financial Executives International, San Diego Chapter Newsletter, Vol. 2012, no. 9 (November 2012), p. 3.

"To Elect a President: Electoral College Reform and the Principles of Democracy," in a Symposium on the Electoral College, SignOnSanDiego.com, by the San Diego Union Tribune (May 17, 2009),

"A demokrácia nem önfenntartó rendszer" ("Democracy is Not a Self-Sustaining System"), Interview by Bea Major, Élet és Irodalom (Life and Literature – Hungary), Vol. 51, no. 26 (June 29, 2007).

"Chaotic Citizenship," Pavilion, Vol. 9: Reader of the Bucharest Biennale - 2 (2006), pp. 148-9.

"Nothing Happened in 2004," Perspectives:  Overseas Young Chinese Forum (English Edition), Vol. 5, no. 4 (December 31, 2004), pp. 38-39.

"Ron King: PSA Profile," Pi Sigma Alpha Newsletter, Vol. 10, no. 2 (Fall 2002), pp. 6-7.

"Democrats Must Regain Liberal Vision," Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate (November 12, 1989), p. 9B.

"Reinvestment Program Needed to Pump Up Economy," New Orleans Times-Picayune (September 29, 1989), p. B-11.

"Faculty Conversations with Five Leading Corporate Executives," transcript published as Executive Forum: A Discussion of Major Issues Before U.S. Business (Ithaca, N.Y.:  Graduate School of Business and Public Administration, 1981).


The Policy and Politics of Food Stamps and SNAP by Matthew Gritter, Journal of Social Policy, Vol. 45 (2016), pp. 780-782.

Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius by Sylvia Nasar, San Diego Union-Tribune (October 2, 2011), p. F4.

Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego by Steven P. Erie, Vladimir Kogan, and Scott A. MacKenzie, San Diego Union-Tribune (September 18, 2011), p. F4.

Decision Points by George W. Bush, San Diego Union-Tribune (November 28, 2010), p. F4.

The Unfinished Presidency by Douglas Brinkley, New Orleans Times-Picayune (May 10, 1998), pp. D6-7.

Trail Fever by Michael Lewis, New Orleans Times-Picayune (June 1, 1997), pp. D4-5.

The Walls of Jericho: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell, and the Struggle for Civil Rights by Robert Mann, New Orleans Times-Picayune (June 16, 1996), pp. E7-8.

We're Right, They're Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives by James Carville, New Orleans Times-Picayune (March 10, 1996), pp. E8-9.

Cross to Bear by John Maginnis, New Orleans Times-Picayune (February 7, 1993), pp. E-7, 9.

Restoration by George Will, New Orleans Times-Picayune (November 22, 1992), pp. E-8, 10.

Shifting the Burden: The Struggle Over Growth and Corporate Taxation, by Cathie J. Martin, Policy Currents, Vol. 2, no. 1 (February, 1992), p. 14.

Why Americans Hate Politics, by E.J. Dionne, Jr., New Orleans Times-Picayune (July 7, 1991), p. E-8.

The Political Origins of the U.S. Income Tax, by Jerold Waltman, Foundation News, Vol. 28, no. 8 (March/April 1987), pp. 66-67.

The Economic Prerequisite to Democracy, by Dan Usher, Queens Quarterly, Vol. 90, no. 2 (Summer 1983), pp. 536-8.



Research Project exploring the strategic logic and empirical applications of Anticommons, with Ivan Major and Cosmin Gabriel Marian. Anticommons is a game theoretic situation in which complementary inputs to a valued project are owned and controlled separately, and in which the bundled set of necessary agreements should generate a positive return preferable to the status quo. Each owner, however, has the power to refuse consent for the collective project, useful as a means of extracting a greater share of the surplus. The deductive equilibrium outcome, even given rational actors with perfect information and common knowledge, will be inefficiently suboptimal.

Research Project on Post-Communist Democratization, emphasizing Romania, with Cosmin Gabriel Marian.  The next papers in the project will examine clientele politics and electoral reform, investigating the degree of degree of constituency service, incumbency electoral advantage, and pork-barrel spending bias consequent to the move toward district-based parliamentary representation.

Research Project on Democratization in the United States, examining the rules governing the expansion and contraction of the franchise over the course of American political development. The first parts of the project focused on the 17th Amendment (direct election of senators) and the controversial 1876 election (electoral fraud and the end of Reconstruction).  Current work concerns the removal of the property qualification for voting during the early 19th Century.  Future work will analyze the causes and consequences of the 15th Amendment (Negro franchise), 19th Amendment (Women’s Franchise), and 26th Amendment (18-year old franchise).

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