Department of Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis
One University Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63121-4499
Phone, 314-516-5836; Fax, 314-516-7236;
e-mail: DaveRobertson@umsl.edu; Twitter: @daverobertsonMO
“The Progressive Era,” 8000 word chapter for The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy, ed. Daniel Béland, Christopher Howard, and Kimberly Morgan (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2012)
“The Battleground of American Federalism,” 8000 word chapter for New Directions in American Politics, ed. Ray La Raja (Routledge, forthcoming c. 2012)
“Federalism and American Political Development,” 8000 word chapter for The Oxford Handbook of American Political Development, ed. Robert Lieberman, Suzanne Mettler, and Richard Valelly (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
Book manuscript project, "The Environment and American Political Development"
Articles and Chapters
"Historical Institutionalism, Political Development, and the Study of American Bureaucracy,” in Robert Durant, ed., The Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy (Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 25-51
"'Inventions of Prudence': The Development of the American Policy Process," in Daniel Tichenor and Richard Harris, eds., A History of the U.S. Political System: Ideas, Interests, and Institutions (ABC-CLIO, 2009), pp. 304-318
"A Pivotal Politician and Constitutional Design," in American Political Science Review100:2(May, 2006), pp. 303-308.
"Madison's Opponents and Constitutional Design," in American Political Science Review 99:2 (May, 2005), pp. 225-243.
"Bellwether Politics in in Missouri," in The Forum, September 2004.
"American Federalism and the Politics of Regulation," in Evolving Federalisms: The Intergovernmental Balance of Power in America and Europe (Campbell Public Affairs Institute, the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, 2003)
“Constituting a National Interest: Madison Against the States' Autonomy,” in Samuel Kernell, ed., James Madison: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government (Stanford University Press, 2003), pp. 184-216.
“The 1976 Election," in Ballard C. Campbell and William Shade, eds., American Presidential Campaigns and Elections (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2003), pp. 923-933.
"The American Model of Labor Market Policy;" in John Stephens and Evelyn Huber, eds., Models of Capitalism, (Penn State University Press, 2002), pp. 413-438.
"Voluntarism against the Open Shop: Labor and Business Strategies in the Battle for American Labor Markets," Studies in American Political Development 13 (Spring, 1999): 146-185.
"Introduction: Loss of Confidence and Policy Change in the 1970s," in Robertson, ed., Loss of Confidence, pp. 1-18.
and the Past: History, Behavioralism, and the Return to
Institutionalism in American Political Science," in Eric Monkkonen,
ed., Engaging the Past: The Uses of History Across the Social Sciences (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1994), pp. 113-153.
"Public Policy and the States," in Stuart Nagel, ed., Encyclopedia of Policy Studies, Second ed. New York and Basel: Marcel Dekker, 1994, pp. 221-247.
"The Return to History and the New Institutionalism in Political Science," Social Science History 17:1 (Spring, 1993), pp. 1-36.
"The Politics of Policy Borrowing," in Something Borrowed, Something Learned, edited by David Finegold, Laurel McFarland, and William Richardson. Washington: Brookings Institution, 1993. Also in Oxford Studies in Comparative Education, 2:2 (1992), pp. 25-49. Coauthored with Jerold L. Waltman.
"Political Conflict and Lesson-Drawing," Journal of Public Policy, 11:1 (1991), pp. 55-78.
"The Hidden Governments," chapter in Daniel Hellinger and Dennis R. Judd, The Democratic Facade. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole; First ed., 1990, pp. 178-199; Second ed., 1993, pp. 221-248.
"The Covert Presidency," in John C. Shea, ed., Arguments in American Politics. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole, 1990, pp. 195-207.
"Planned Incapacity to Succeed? Policymaking Structure and Policy Failure" Policy Studies Review 8:2 (Winter, 1989), pp. 241-263.
Bias of American Federalism: Political Structure and the Development of
America's Exceptional Welfare State in the Progressive Era," Journal of Policy History 1:3 (July, 1989), pp. 261-291.
"Policy Entrepreneurs and Policy Divergence: John R. Commons and William Beveridge," Social Service Review 62:3 (September, 1988), pp. 504-531.
"Governing and Jobs: America's Business-Centered Labor Market Policy." Polity 20:3 (Spring, 1988), pp. 426-456.
"Urban Revitalization in the United States: Prisoner of the Federal System." In Michael Parkinson and Dennis R. Judd (eds.), Regenerating the Cities: The U.K. Crisis and the U.S. Experience.
Manchester, United Kingdom: Manchester University Press, 1988, pp.
9-26; Boston: Scott, Foresman/Little, Brown, 1988). Coauthored; Dennis
R. Judd, lead author.
"Mrs. Thatcher's Employment Prescription: An Active Neo-Liberal Labor Market Policy." Journal of Public Policy 6:3 (August, 1987), pp. 275-296.
Market Surgery, Labor Market Abandonment: The Thatcher and Reagan
Unemployment Remedies." In Jerold L. Waltman and Donley T. Studlar
(eds.), Political Economy: Public Policies in the United States and Britain. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1987, pp 69-97.
"Program Implementation versus Program Design: Which Accounts for Policy 'Failure'?" Policy Studies Review3:3-4 (May, 1984), pp. 391-405.
Essay on “Labor’s Role in Politics,” in American Business, Economic, and Labor History, ed. Melvyn Dubofsky (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Essays on “Labor’s Role in Politics” and “The National Labor Relations Board,” for The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History, ed. Donald T. Critchlow and Philip R. VanderMeer (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Essays on "The Executive Branch" and "The Environmental Movement" for Encyclopedia of United States Political History, Volume 6: 1946-1975 (CQ Press, 2010)
Essays on “Anti-Federalist/Federalist Ratification Debate” and “The Great Compromise” in the Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States, editor in chief David S. Tanenhaus (Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson / Gale, forthcoming 2008).
Essay on “Cross of Gold” for the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd ed., editor in chief William A. Darity (Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference, 2007)
Essay on “Government” in the Encyclopedia of the New American Nation, editor-in-chief Paul Finkelman, 3 vols. (Farmington, MI: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005)
Essay on “Employment and Training,” in Poverty in the United States: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and Policy, ed. Gwendolyn Mink and Alice O’Connor, 2 vols. (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2004), Volume 1, pp. 282-285.
"Politics and History's Lessons," Polity, 32:3 (Spring, 2000), pp. 437-442.
"The Lessons of History in the Lessons of History," Review essay, Polity, 32:1 (Fall, 1999), pp. 145-152.
"The 'Unintended Consequences' of Public Policy Intentionality: A Conceptual Minefield," Policy History Newsletter 3:1 (Summer, 1997), pp. 5-9. Coauthored with Donald T. Critchlow.
"Jobs and the Environment," in Robert Paehlke, ed.,The Encyclopedia of Conservation and Environmentalism(New York: Garland Publishing, 1995), pp. 380-381.
"John R. Commons," "United States Employment Service," "Robert F. Wagner," and "The Wagner-Peyser Act." In James S. Olson (ed.) Historical Dictionary of the New Deal: From Inauguration to Preparation for War. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1985, pp. 93-4, 509-10, 519-23.
Awards and Honors
Edward J. Maguire Teaching Award, October 2017
Maxwell C. Weiner Distinguished
Professor of Humanities, Missouri Science and Technology University, Spring
Specialist in American Studies, Colombia, August , 2010; worked with
and presented lectures at La Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá), La Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá), and La Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla).
University of Missouri Curators' Teaching Professorship, awarded 2008.
Parker Follett Award for Best Article in Politics and History, 2005,
presented by the Politics and History Section of the American Political
Science Association (for “Madison’s Opponents and Constitutional
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2002
Emerson Electric Company Excellence in Teaching Award, 2002
Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2001
Contributor a chapter on "Public Policy and the States" to Stuart Nagel, ed., Encyclopedia of Policy Studies,
Second ed. (New York and Basel: Marcel Dekker, 1994) which won the
Policy Studies Organization's Aaron Wildvasky Award for the best book
in policy studies.
Policy Studies Organization's Jeffrey L. Pressman Award for the best article published in Policy Studies Review, 1989.
Policy Studies Organization's Jeffrey L. Pressman Award for the best article published in Policy Studies Review, 1985-1985.
C. Greenough Award for best doctoral dissertation submitted to the
Political Science Department, Indiana University, 1981. Co-winner.
Outstanding Teaching Award for Associate Instructors, Department of Political Science, Indiana University, 1980-1981.
Selected Professional Service and Editorial Positions
Founding Member, Scholars Strategy Network
Chair, Publications Committee, American Political Science Association, 2006-2008.
Associate Editor, Journal of Policy History, 1991-
Editor, CLIO, Newsletter of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association, 1994-2014
International Panel of Editorial Advisors and Consultants for the International Encyclopedia of Political Science, CQ Press, to be published in 2008
Editorial Consultant on Environmental Policy, Encyclopedia of Issues in U.S. Public Policy, Gale/Thomson (project suspended)
Founding member, American Politics and History Initiative, May 2000
Political analyst, KSDK-TV, 2000-present; Political
commentary in over 500 appearances on international, national and St.
Louis media, including BBC television and radio, Radio-France, PBS News
Hour, C-Span, MSNBC, and local affiliates of NBC, CBS, and PBS
television and radio.
Quoted in The New York Times, the Economist, the Guardian, the London Times, Le Figaro, Le Monde, The New Republic, CQ Weekly Report, Time.com, Newsweek, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, theBoston Globe, Newsday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Kansas City Star, the Columbia Tribune, and other papers.
and discussion panelist, “Who Will Win?: Predicting the Election,”
School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Arizona
State University, Tempe (11/1/12)
Panelist, Missouri Bar- Higher Education Channel (HEC) Constitution Day panel on presidential power, Whitehaven (9/16/11)
Talk on “2010 & 2012 Elections – Local and National,” Pachyderm Club, Trattoria Brianca, Frontenac (12/10/10, 12-1:30 pm)
Talk on “The Political Landscape, 2010,” Missouri Science and Technology University, Rolla (10/19/10, 3:30-4:30)
on “The ABCs of American Politics,” in a class on Introduction to
Comparative Politics, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Talk on the 2010 elections, for the West County Republicans, Chesterfield City Hall (3/11/10), 7:30-8:45
speech, "Environment and Politics: The Impact of the Upcoming
Elections," 16th Annual Environmental Conference at the Lake, July 31,
2008, Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, Missouri. Sponsored by the
Missouri Chamber of Commerce.
for Teaching American History Grant: "The Impact of War on
Democracy," St. Clair County Regional Office of Education, Belleville,
IL (February 8, 2008)
on “The United States Constitution: What Were its Authors Thinking?”
and guest speaker in political science, philosophy, and history classes
at Salisbury State University, Salisbury Maryland (October 4-
Consulting and Expert Witness service
Expert Witness on immigration and labor, U.S. v. Luis Raul Garcia-Rodriquez, U.S. Federal District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2003.
Employment Policy consultant, evaluation of St. Louis County Department of Human Resources POWER program, 1990-1991.
Grants, Fellowships and Consulting
Hagley Museum and Library, Research
Grant-in-Aid, for "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Business
Representation in American Policy Making," Summer, 1998.
UM-Research Board Grant, 1997-1998
in UM-St. Louis Public Policy Research Centers proposal to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency for the Environmental Justice
Community/University Partnership Grants Program.
Participated in Citizenship Education Clearinghouse environmental education projects
Employment Policy Specialist, evaluation of St. Louis County Department of Human Resources POWER program, 1990-1991.
Vorst, “Trolling Twitter,” defended December 2017
Angela Early, “Federal
Involvement in Education Policy: An Analysis of Race to the Top,” defended
December, 2016, co-chair with E. Terrence Jones
Anna Martirosyan, Privatization, State Militarization through War, and
Durable Social Exclusion in Post-Soviet Armenia, Defended July, 2014
Diane Brandt, “Policy Determinants and Medicaid Managed Care,” defended November 2011.
Campbell, "Have Metropolitan Planning Organizations Improved Regional
Policy Making? The Cases of Kansas City and St. Louis," defended March,
Qiang Yan, "Political Institutions and Regional Inequality in China: 1949 to 2005," Defended December, 2009.
Kobonbaev, “Why is Corruption Less Pervasive in the Baltic States than
in Central Asia?: Institutional Explanation with Particular Focus on
Estonia and Kyrgyzstan” defended May, 2008 (currently at the World Bank)
Thomas, “Compliance with National Air Pollution Control Policy in
Metropolitan St. Louis,” defended November 2007. Co-chair with Dennis
James C. Collard, "Tribal
– Municipal Cooperation in Oklahoma," defended November, 2006
(currently City Manager, Stillwater, OK)
Birkenmaier, “Providing Access to Affordable Credit to the Poor:
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Credit Counseling for Building Assets,”
defended April, 2006 (currently Assistant Professor, Social Work, St.
Susan G. Mason, "Metropolitan
Cooperation under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998," defended
March, 2004 (currently Associate Professor, Boise State University)
Clark, "Issue Definition and Issue Fragmentation: The Policy Process
and Gay Rights,” defended May, 2003. Co-chair with Dennis R. Judd.
Lisa Panczer, "Women's Representation in the 103rd Congress," defended November, 2001.
DeWeese-Boyd, "Civil Society and Popular Governance: Democracy in
Hungary and the Czech Republic," defended December, 1998.
(Currently at Gordon College, Wenham, MA).
Hachey, "Explaining State Level RCRA Enforcement," defended August,
1996. (Currently an independent policy consultant).