College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Timothy J Conlan

Timothy J Conlan

Timothy J Conlan

University Professor

U.S. and comparative federalism, intergovernmental relations, federal policy making

Timothy J. Conlan earned his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and an A.B. degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty of George Mason University in 1987, Dr. Conlan served as a Senior Research Analyst with the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, and as the Assistant Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations.

 

Prof. Conlan is the author of many books, articles and research monographs in the areas of federalism, intergovernmental relations, and public policy. His works include Pathways of Power: The Dynamics of National Policymaking (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2014); “Whiplash: American Federalism in the Age of Obama,” Revue Française de Science Politique 64:2 (April 2014), 221-244;

 

Intergovernmental Management for the 21st Century (Washington, Brookings Institution, 2008), “Federalism and the Bush Administration,” Special Issue of Publius: The Journal of Federalism 37 (Summer 2007), and From New Federalism to Devolution: Twenty-five Years of Intergovernmental Reform, (Washington: Brookings Institution, 1998).

 

Professor Conlan is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2002, he received the Daniel J. Elazar Distinguished Federalism Scholar Award from the American Political Science Association. His first book, New Federalism: Intergovernmental Reform from Nixon to Reagan, received the 1998 Martha Derthick book award from the Section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations of the American Political Science Association.

Current Research

U.S. and comparative federalism, the politics of intergovernmental relations, the politics of federal policy making

Selected Publications

Pathways of Power: The Dynamics of Contemporary Federal Policy Making (Georgetown University Press, 2014) [with Paul Posner]

 

“Whiplash: American Federalism in the Age of Obama,” Revue Française de Science Politique 64:2 (April 2014), 221-244.

 

“Inflection Point? Federalism and the Obama Administration,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 41 (Summer 2011). [with Paul Posner]

 

Intergovernmental Management for the 21st Century (Washington, Brookings Institution, 2008) [co-edited with Paul Posner].

 

“Federalism and the Bush Administration,” Special Issue of Publius: The Journal of Federalism 37 (Summer 2007): 279-303. [co-editor with John Dinan].

 

“From Cooperative to Opportunistic Federalism: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Commission on Intergovernmental Relations,” Public Administration Review, 64 (Sept/.Oct 2006): 663-676.

 

"Taking on the World: The International Activities of American State Legislatures," Publius: The Journal of Federalism 34 (summer 2004): 183-200 (with Robert Dudley and Joel Clark).

 

"The Rehnquist Court and Contemporary American Federalism," Political Science Quarterly 116 (Summer 2001): 253-275 [with Francois Vergnoille de Chantal].

 

From New Federalism to Devolution: Twenty-five Years of Intergovernmental Reform (Washington: Bookings Institution, August 1998).

 

Taxing Choices: The Politics of Tax Reform (Washington: Congressional Quarterly Books, 1990) (with David Beam and Margaret Wrightson).

Courses Taught

Public policy making, federalism and intergovernmental relations, Congress and legislative politics