James S. Wunsch
James S. Wunsch

James S. Wunsch

Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • -Comparative Politics: (Politics of Africa, Democratization and Governance, Politics of the Developing World, Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflict, Political Systems of West Europe, International Political Economy)
  • -Public Policy and Public Administration: (Public Policy Analysis and Reform, International Development Policy, Local Governance, Decentralization, Public Administration, Development Administration)
  • -Political Theory: (Institutional Analysis and Design, Political Economy, Public Choice Theory, Conservative Political Thought)
  • -Methodology: (Outcomes Assessment)

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Political Science and International Relations

Position

  • Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Rev. John P. Schlegel Distinguished Professor of Government and Politics

Education

  • BA Duke University, 1968
  • MA Indiana University, 1971
  • PhD Indiana University, 1974
  • Post doctoral studies: University of Michigan, University of California-Berkeley, University of Virginia, Indiana University

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • “Decentralization: Conceptual and Analytical Issues.” In Decentralization in Africa: The Paradox on State Strength. Tyler Dickovick and James Wunsch, editors. Rienner Press, 2014., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2014
  • “Decentralization in Nigeria: 1980-2012.” Co-authored with Dele Olowu. In Decentralization in Africa, Dickovick and Wunsch, Lynne Rienner Press, 2014., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2014
  • Wunsch, J. S., Olowu, D. Decentralization in Nigeria: 1980-2012, Decentralization in Africa, 2013
  • Wunsch, J. S. Decentralization: Conceptual and Analytical Issues, Decentralization in Africa: A Review of the Last Twenty Years, 2013
  • Wunsch, J. S. Tocqueville in Africa: Analyzing African Local Governance, Democratic Revolution in the 21st Century, 2008
  • Wunsch, J. S. Sources of order and disorder in Africa: Local governance in State-Centric Regimes, The Practive of Constitutional Development: Vincent Ostrom's Quest to Understand Human Affairs, 203-225, 2008
  • Wunsch, J. S. Local Government, The New Encyclopedia of Africa, 2, 491-495, 2007
  • Wunsch, J. S. Local governance and conflict management in Africa, Local governance and poverty reduction in Africa, 2006
  • Wunsch, J. S. Indicators for assessing African local governance, Local governance and poverty reduction in Africa, 2006
  • Wunsch, J. S. Proposed Indicators to Measure Democratic Local Governance in Africa, Local governance and poverty reduction in Africa, 2006
  • The Challenge of Democratic Decentralization, w Dele Olowu, Local governance and poverty reduction in Africa, 2004

Articles

  • “Analyzing Self-Organized Local Governance Initiatives.” Pubic Administration and Development. August, 2013. 33,3,2013., Public Administration and Development, 33, 3, 2013
  • Wunsch, James S. Analyzing Self-Organized Local Governance Initiatives: are there Insights for Decentralization Reforms?, Public Administration and Development, 33, 221-235, 2013
  • Wunsch, J. S. African Politics and Government since Independence, International Encyclopedia of Political Science, 2009
  • Borchers, Patrick J., Kelly, Michael J., Moreno, Erika, Witmer, Richard C., Wunsch, James S., Pearlstein, Arthur Executive summary: Report on the resolution of outstanding property claims between Cuba & the United States, Creighton Law Review, 41, 207-218, 2008
  • Wunsch, J. S. Decentralization, local governance and 'recentralization' in Africa, Public Administration and Development, 21, 277-288, 2001
  • Wunsch, J. S. Refounding the African state and local self-governance: the neglected foundation, Journal of Modern African Studies, 38, 487-509, 2000

Editing and Reviews

  • Decentralization in Africa: The Paradox of State Strength. With Tyler Dickovick. Lynne Rienner Press. June, 2014., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2014
  • Wunsch, J. S. Migrants, citizens, and the state in Southern Africa., Africa Today, 48, 164-166, 2001

Presentations

  • “Explaining Decentralization’s Failures in Africa: What are the Lessons of Self-Organized Local Community Initiatives?” A paper presented at the 50th Annual African Studies Association Conference, Chicago, IL, November, 2008., 2008
  • “Decentralization as a Foundation for the Political Opposition in Democratizing Africa.” A paper presented at the University of Vaxjo, Vaxjo, Sweden (in invitation) (presented electronically due to my illness), October, 2008., 2008
  • “Community Initiatives in Producing and Delivering Public Goods in Africa.” A paper presented at the Mini-Conference on the Workshop, Workshop on Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, May, 2008., 2008
  • “Africa’s Experience with Decentralization.” A paper presented at the Workshop on Decentralization, Organized by the Governance Reform Commission, the President’s Office, the Republic of Liberia, Gbanga, Liberia, April, 2008., 2008
  • Community Management of Common-Pool Resources.” A paper presented at the Faculty Colloquium, Workshop on Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, March, 2008., 2008

Awards and Honors

  • Chapter Advisor Recognition Award, Phi Sigma Alpha-United States National Political Science Honorary Society, 2007
  • Dean's Special Award for Professional Excellence, Creighton University, 2007
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Freshman Advising, Creighton University, 2007
  • Deans Award for Excellence in Service, Creighton University, 2006
  • Fr. William Kelly, S.J. Award for Service to the Diversity Project, Creighton University, 2000
  • Deans Award for Oustanding Achievement in Research and Scholorship, Creighton Univ., 2000
  • Fulbright-Hays Senior Research Fellow Disignee, Ghana, Fulbright-Hays, 2000
  • Oustanding Chapter Advisor Award, Pi Sigma Alpha, 1999
  • Deans Award for Outstanding Teaching, Creighton Univ, 1994
  • Distiguished Lecturer, United States Information Agency, 1993
  • Burlington-Northern Foundation Award for Outstanding Scholorship, Creighton Univ., 1992
  • Dean's Award for Outstanding Student Advising, Creighton Univ, 1989
  • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Student Award for Outstanding Teaching, Creighton Univ., Student Board of Governors, 1985
  • Regional Finalist, White House Fellowship Competition, 1982
  • Meritorious Unit Citation, Office of Rural Development and Development Administation, USAID, 1980
  • Phi Betta Kappa, Duke University, 1968