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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 is also Director of Governance Programs and Senior Research Associate at the university’s International Center for Public Policy (ICePP) and an affiliate of the Asian Studies Center.   Dr. Hankla earned 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, France, and Mozambique. 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 serves or has served on dozens of dissertation and thesis committees for students in political science, economics, and public policy. He also directs an exchange program with Sciences Po Lille in France and has led students on a study abroad program to Presidency University, Kolkata in India.

In addition, Dr. Hankla is an active consultant, particularly on topics related to fiscal decentralization and public budgeting. In his role as Governance Program Director at ICePP, Dr. Hankla is responsible for growing the center’s consulting and training activities related to fiscal governance in the developing world. In 2017, he joined with Carrie Manning to lead a series of training sessions on decentralization for civil society members and US Embassy personnel in Mozambique, funded by the US Department of State. Before that, he was engaged by the Vietnamese National Assembly and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to assist Vietnam’s provincial legislatures improve budgetary oversight.  Dr. Hankla is a council member of the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section of the American Political Science Association. He speaks fluent French and has a reading knowledge of Hindi, German, and Russian.

Finally, Dr. Hankla is a regular public commentator on the politics of economic affairs. His online articles for the Conversation have attracted over 235,000 reads and have appeared on the websites of Newsweek, Time, Salon, The Huffington Post, The East Asia Forum, The World Economic Forum, Fortune, The New Republic, and The Business Standard of India, among many others. Dr. Hankla also gives regular media interviews and has appeared on or been quoted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the China Global Television Network, CBS News, BBC News, Julie Rose’s Top of Mind, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and many others.



Ponce Rodriguez, Raul, Charles R. Hankla, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, Eunice Heredia-Ortiz. 2018. Rethinking the Political Economy of Decentralization: How Parties and Elections Shape the Provision of Local Public Goods. Forthcoming at Publius.

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.

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 Projects
“Designing Decentralization: Political Institutions, Fiscal Authority, and Local Public Goods.” With Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, and Raul Ponce Rodriguez. Book under Contract with Edward Elgar Publishers. Series: Studies in Fiscal Federalism and State-Local Finance.
“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.
“Electoral Accountability in a Decentralized Context,” With Janet Porras Mendoza and Jorge Martinez Vazquez.
“Transformative Relationships: State and Society in Economic Modernization.”