Ethics and Public Policy

Robert Boatright

Robert G. Boatright, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Department of Poltical Science
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508-793-7632
Email: rboatright@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae
Professional Website


Education

B.A., Carleton College, 1992
M.A., University of Chicago, 1994
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1999

Dr. Boatright teaches courses on American political behavior, political parties, campaigns and elections, interest groups, political participation, and political theory. He has served as a research fellow at the Campaign Finance Institute, as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, and as a research associate at the American Judicature Society. He is currently the director of research for the National Institute of Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona. He has published books and articles on campaign finance reform, congressional redistricting, the congressional budget process, and on various aspects of jury service. His most recent books include Getting Primaried:  The Changing Politics of Congressional Primary Challenges (University of Michigan Press, 2013) and the Handbook of Primary Elections (Routledge, 2018).  

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Boatright is currently completing a book manuscript on the history of reforms to primary elections during the twentieth century and another on how the concept of political corruption is understood in America today. Other current research interests include comparative campaign finance and the role of ideological appeals in campaigns. He is also the director of the Worcester Campaign Finance Project.

Selected Publications

Books

Getting PrimariedInterest GroupsExpressive Politics

 

A Crisis of Civility?  Political Discourse and its Discontents (co-editor).  (New York:  Routledge, 2018).

Handbook of Primary Elections (editor).  (New York:  Routledge, 2018) 

The Deregulatory Moment?  A Comparative Perspective on Changing Campaign Finance Laws (editor).  (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press).

Congressional Primary Elections. (New York:  Routledge, 2014)

Getting Primaried: The Changing Politics of Congressional Primary Challenges. (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2013)

Interest Groups and Campaign Finance Reform in the United States and Canada (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2011)

Campaign Finance: The Problems and Consequences of Reform (editor). (New York: Open Society Institute/IDEA, 2011).

Expressive Politics: The Issue Strategies of Congressional Challengers (Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2004)

Articles

Forthcoming (2018). “Retrenchment or Reform? Changes in Primary Election Laws, 1928-1970.”  Polity.

"The Mob Came Wielding Pitchforks, but they had a Good Story to Tell." Spazio Filosofico 19:73-91. (2017)

"Independent Expenditures in Congressional Primaries after Citizens United:  Implications for
Interest Groups, Incumbents, and Political Parties.”  With Michael J. Malbin and Brendan
Glavin. Interest Groups and Advocacy 5 (2):119-140. (2016)

“The Poverty of ‘Corruption’:  On Reframing the Debate on Money in Politics.”  With Molly Brigid Flynn. Albany Government Law Review 9 (2): 341-383. (2016)

“Teaching Redistricting to Undergraduates: Letting the People Draw the Lines for the People's House.” With Nicholas Giner and James Gomes. PS: Political Science & Politics 46 (2): 387-394 (2013)

“The End of the Reform Era? Campaign Finance Retrenchment in the United States and Canada,” The Forum 10 (2), 2012

Interest Group Adaptations to Campaign Finance Reform in Canada and the United States.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 42 (1): 17-43 (2009).

“Who are the Spatial Voting Violators?” Electoral Studies 27 (1): 116-125 (2008).

“Situating the New 527 Groups in Interest Group Theory.” The Forum 5 (2) (2007).

Does Publicizing A Tax Credit for Political Contributions Increase Its Use? Results from a Randomized Field Experiment.” With Donald P. Green and Michael J. Malbin. American Politics Research 34 (4): 563-82 (2006).

“Can I Win Next Time? Strategic Repeat Challengers in House Races.” With Andrew J. Taylor. Political Research Quarterly 58 (4): 609-617 (2005).

Political Contribution Tax Credits and Citizen Participation.” With Michael J. Malbin. American Politics Research. 33 (6): 787-817 (2005).

“Static Ambition: Legislators’ Preparations for Redistricting.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 4 (4): 436-54 (2004).

Book Chapters

“The Trump Effect and Gender Norms in the 2016 Senate Elections.”  With Valerie Sperling and
Sean Tatar. In Conventional Wisdom, Parties, and Broken Barriers in the 2016 Election, ed.
Tauna Sisco, Christopher Galdieri, and Jennifer Lucas. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp. 203-
25. (2017)

“Damage Control: The Trump Effect on Senate General Election Campaigns.” In The 2016
Pesidential Election: The Causes and Consequences of a Political Earthquake, ed. Amnon
Cavari, Kenneth Mayer, and Richard Powell. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp. 59-76. (2017)

“The Nationalization of Congressional Primaries.”  In The American Election 2014: Contexts and
Consequences, ed. Tauna Sisco, Christopher Galdieri, and Jennifer Lucas.  Akron, OH:  University of
Akron Press, pp. 3-19. (2017)

“The Poverty of ‘Corruption’: Confusions and Disagreements about the Rotten in Politics.”  With
Molly Brigid Flynn. In Corruption and Governmental Legitimacy: A Twenty-First Century
Perspective, ed. Jonathan Mendilow and Ilan Peleg.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman and Littlefield, pp.
287-308. (2016)

“Fundraising: Continuity and Change.”  In Campaigns on the Cutting Edge, 3rd ed., ed. Richard J.
Semiatin.  Washington, DC:  Congressional Quarterly Press. (2016)

“Interest Group Activity in Congressional Primaries.”  In Interest Group Politics, 9th ed., ed. Alan J.
Cigler and Burdett A. Loomis.  Washington, DC:  Congressional Quarterly Press, pp. 176-206. (2015)

“Casualties of the Ground War:  Personal Contacting and its Discontents.”  In The American
Election of 2012:  Contexts and Consequences, ed. R. Ward Holder and Peter B. Josephson.  New
York:  Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 99-114. (2014)

"Financing the 2012 Elections.” in The American Elections of 2012, ed. Steven E. Schier and Janet Box-Steffensmeier.  New York:  Routledge (2013)

"Campaign Finance Reform and the Democratic Deficit in the United States,” in Imperfect Democracies: The Democratic Deficit in Canada and the United States, ed. Richard Simeon and Patti Lenard (Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, forthcoming).

“Lessons for Canada from the American Campaign Finance Reform Experience,” in Money, Politics, and Democracy: Canada's Party Finance Reforms, ed. Lisa Young and Harold Jansen (Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2011).

"The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Citizens United Decision," in Interest Groups Unleashed, ed. Chris Deering, Paul Herrnson, and Clyde Wilcox (Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, 2011).

“Regulating and Reforming Group-Based Electioneering,” in Congressional Quarterly Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying in the United States, ed. Burdett Loomis (Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, 2011).

“Financing the 2008 Elections,” in The Election of 2008, ed. Steven E. Schier and Janet Box-Steffensmeier (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009), 137-160.

“Fundraising: Present and Future,” in Campaigns on the Cutting Edge, 2nd. ed., Richard Semiatin (Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2012), pp 11-27. 

“Adaptations and Alliances: Strategic Decisionmaking by Ongoing Interest Groups and Advocacy Organizations,” with Michael J. Malbin, Mark J. Rozell, and Clyde Wilcox, in The Election After Reform, ed. Michael J. Malbin (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006), 112-138.

“BCRA’s Impact on Interest Groups and Advocacy Organizations,” with Michael J. Malbin, Mark J. Rozell, and Clyde Wilcox, in Life After Reform: When the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act Meets Politics, ed. Michael J. Malbin (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), 43-60.