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Charles Hankla

Associate Professor    

Ph.D. Emory 2005
M.A. London School of Economics 1999
BSFS Georgetown University 1997


Comparative and International Political Economy


Charles R. Hankla is associate professor of political science at Georgia State University in Atlanta.  He received his PhD in 2005 from Emory University, and he also holds degrees from Georgetown University and the London School of Economics.  In the spring and summer of 2013, he was a visiting scholar at Sciences Po Lille in France.

Dr. Hankla’s research is in the fields of comparative and international political economy, and he has a particular interest in political institutions as they relate to fiscal decentralization, budgeting, trade policy, and industrial policy.  His research has included cross-national, quantitative studies and also field-work based analyses of India and France.  Dr. Hankla’s work has appeared in such journals as the American Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, and Publius.

Dr. Hankla’s administrative responsibilities have included nearly three years as director of graduate studies, where he was responsible for overseeing the political science department’s MA and PhD programs.  He is also an active consultant, particularly on topics related to fiscal decentralization and public budgeting.  Most recently, as part of a joint project of the Vietnamese National Assembly and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), he helped develop training to assist Vietnam’s provincial legislatures improve budgetary oversight.

Dr. Hankla also takes part regularly in the training and consulting activities of the International Center for Public Policy at Georgia State. He speaks fluent French and has a reading knowledge of Hindi, German, and Russian. In addition, Dr. Hankla is a regular public commentator on the politics of economic affairs. His blogs have attracted nearly 60,000 readers; they can be found here:


Hankla, Charles R. and Carrie Lynn Manning. 2017. How Local Elections Can Transform National Politics: Evidence from Mozambique. Publius 47 (1): 49-76.

Hankla, Charles R. and Daniel Kuthy. 2013. Economic Liberalism in Illiberal Regimes: Authoritarian Variation and the Political Economy of Trade. International Studies Quarterly 57 (3): 492-504.

Hankla, Charles R. 2013. Fragmented Legislatures and the Budget: Analyzing Presidential Democracies. Economics & Politics 25 (2): 200-228.

Carrubba, Clifford J., Matthew Gabel, and Charles R. Hankla. 2012. Understanding the Role of the European Court of Justice in European Integration. American Political Science Review 106 (1): 214-223.

Duffield, John and Charles R. Hankla. 2011. The Efficiency of Institutions: Political Determinants of Energy Consumption in Advanced Industrialized Countries. Comparative Politics 43(2).

Hankla, Charles R. and William M. Downs. 2010. Decentralization, Governance, and the Structure of Local Political Institutions: Assessing the Evidence. Local Government Studies 36 (6): 759-783.

Hankla. Charles R. 2009. When is Fiscal Decentralization Good for Governance? Publius: The Journal of Federalism 39 (4): 632-650.

A Chinese translation of this article was published in the Journal of Comparative Economic and Social Systems (No. 4, July 2012, pp. 101-110).

Carrubba, Clifford J., Matthew Gabel, and Charles R. Hankla. 2008. Judicial Behavior under Political Constraints: Evidence from the European Court of Justice. American Political Science Review 102 (4): 435-452.

Hankla, Charles R. 2008. Parties and Patronage: An Analysis of Trade and Industrial Policy in India. Comparative Politics 41 (1): 41-60.

Hankla, Charles R. 2006. Party Strength and International Trade: A Cross National Analysis. Comparative Political Studies 39 (9): 1133-1156.

Hankla, Charles R. 2006. Party Linkages and Economic Policy: An Examination of Indira Gandhi’s India. Business and Politics 8 (3), Article 4, pp. 1-29.

Other Papers:

“Rethinking the Political Economy of Decentralization: How Parties and Elections Shape the Provision of Local Public Goods.” With Jorge Martinez-Vazquez (Economics – GSU), Raul Ponce Rodriguez (Juarez), and Eunice Heredia (DAI).

Awarded the Deil Wright Award for best paper presented as part of the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section at the American Political Science Association Annual Convention, Seattle, 2011.

“Political Institutions and Federalism: A “Strong” Decentralization Theorem.” With Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, Raul Ponce Rodriguez, and Eunice Heredia.

“Party Systems and Public Goods: The Dynamics of Good Governance in the Indian States.” With Sayan Banerjee.

“In Pursuit of Prosperity: The Politics of Economic Modernization in Post-War France and Beyond”. Book project.