Research & Publications

Most of my published work is readily available via standard databases like JSTOR and my conference papers and other non-journal publications can be found at:


The Progression of the American Presidency - Jim Twombly

Recent Publications:

•  “Tired of the 2012 Presidential Election? Still a Long Way to Go.” . Online Magazine. October 18, 2011.

•  “New York State Should Adopted a Tier VI Defined Contribution Plan .” New York State GFOA Newsletter. October 2011 (with John Savash).

•  “An Alternative to Residential Property Taxes in New York : A Modest Proposal.” New York State GFOA Newsletter. Summer 2011, v32, #2 (with John Savash).

Conference Proceedings:

·       The Quirks of NY Election Law:Presumption of Validity and Petition Strategies: Two Landmark Cases in a SingleCounty.” Paper presented at the New York State Political Science Association annual meeting, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY, April 20-21, 2012.

• The United States of Nebraska: Are bicameral state legislatures necessary and could unicameralism serve other states well?" Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago IL, April 12-15, 2012. 

•  “Gender and Geography: Does Proximity Play a role in Women's Decisions to Run for Office?” Paper presented at the New York State Political Science Association annual meeting, Niagara University, Lewiston, NY, April 8-9, 2011. Also available online at .

Refereed Publications:

•  "Enforcement and Oversight: Using Congressional Oversight to Shape OSHA Bureaucratic Behavior." American Politics Research, November 2002 . (With George Serra and Barbara Headrick).

•  "Presidential Influence and Centralization: The Case of Richard Nixon and George Romney." Politics and Policy (formerly The Southeastern Political Review ), March 2001. (with Charles Lamb).

•  "Taking the Local: The Reagan Administration, New Federalism, and Fair Housing Implementation." Policy Studies Journal , Autumn 1993. (With Charles Lamb).

•  "Street Level Political Controls Over Federal Bureaucracy." American Political Science Review , September 1991. (With John Scholz and Barbara Headrick).