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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 previous 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 UNDP, he helped develop training to assist Vietnam’s provincial legislatures improve budgetary oversight.  He has also participated in a USAID-funded project on Egyptian local political development and has taught (in English and French) as part of a USAID-funded summer institute for financial administrators from developing countries based at Georgia State’s International Center for Public Policy.

Home Department: Political Science


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

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

– A Chinese translation of this article is forthcoming in the Journal of Comparative Economics and Social Systems, China.

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. “Party Linkages and Economic Policy: An Examination of Indira Gandhi’s India.” Business and Politics 8 (3): 1-29 (2006).

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

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

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

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

Other Papers:

Rethinking the Political Economy of Decentralization: How Elections and Parties Shape the Provision of Local Public Goods By Ponce-Rodriguez, Hankla, Martinez-Vazquez, and Heredia
– 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.
“In Pursuit of Prosperity: The Politics of Economic Modernization in Post-War France and Beyond”

“Authoritarian Institutions and Fiscal Policy: A Cross National Analysis.” With Sohini Mookherjee and John Walson.
“Public Goods and Electoral Politics in the Indian States.” With Sayan Banerjee.