Graham Wilson

Co-Director, Initiative on Cities
Chair & Professor, Political Science

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D. Phil., Oxford University; MA, United States Government and Politics, University of Essex; BA, Oxford University

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Professor Graham Wilson joined the Faculty of Boston University in 2007 where he serves as Chair of the Political Science Department and Co-Director of the Initiative on Cities. His areas of specialization include American Politics, Comparative Politics, Business and Government, and Interest Groups. Professor Wilson has served on the Warwick Commission on Directly Elected Mayors… Read more

Professor Graham Wilson joined the Faculty of Boston University in 2007 where he serves as Chair of the Political Science Department and Co-Director of the Initiative on Cities. His areas of specialization include American Politics, Comparative Politics, Business and Government, and Interest Groups. Professor Wilson has served on the Warwick Commission on Directly Elected Mayors exploring how to restructure the leadership of cities in the United Kingdom in order to achieve policy change and dynamism. In 2014, Professor Wilson joined former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino as Co-Director of the new Initiative on Cities at Boston University.

Prior to coming to Boston University, he taught in the La Follette Public Policy School at the University of Wisconsin as well as in the Political Science Department, where he served as Chair. While at La Follette, Professor Wilson partnered with the Department of Natural Resources with the State of Wisconsin to reinvent their approach to environmental regulation. The resulting legislation, known as Green Tier, drew on experience in Germany and the Netherlands as well the US, and is geared to leveraging higher levels of environmental performance from business while reducing regulatory burdens.

Wilson has published ten books and has authored numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes.  His work has focused primarily on interest groups (particularly business) and their relationship with government and policymaking.  He edited the Oxford Handbook of Business and Government published by OUP in February 2010 and authored several of the chapters in it.  He has also published extensively on the relationship between bureaucrats and politicians.

In 2012, Professor Wilson published his newest book, The Consequences of the Global Financial Crisis: The Rhetoric of Reform and Regulation (with Wyn Grant) with Oxford University Press. That same year, he was also awarded the Ulrich Kloti Award for Lifetime Achievement from the “Structure and Organization of Government Research Committee” of the International Political Science Association.

Professor Wilson received his BA and Doctorate of Philosophy from Oxford University and his MA from the University of Essex.

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  • Urban nation: What’s at stake for cities in the 2016 elections

    November 2, 2016

    The Conversation By Graham Wilson & Katharine Lusk, College of Arts & Sciences, Initiative on Cities “Cities are America’s economic engines…” View full article

  • N.H. Companies and Experts Still Uncertain About Brexit’s Impact on the Granite State

    July 1, 2016

    New Hampshire Public Radio Graham Wilson, College of Arts & Sciences, Initiative on Cities This week’s ‘Brexit’ – Britain’s high-profile vote to exit from the European Union – may shake up the European economy and politics for years to come… Expert quote: “It’s not as though we had some sort of epic event in the […]

  • N.H. Braces for Economic Fallout from Brexit

    June 29, 2016

    New Hampshire Public Radio Graham Wilson, College of Arts & Sciences, Initiative on Cities As Europe struggles to sort out what Britain’s decision to leave the European Union means for the Continent, here in the United States there are impacts as well… Listen to audio of expert Graham Wilson 

  • Brits in USA to follow ‘Brexit’ vote from across the pond

    June 18, 2016

    USA Today Graham Wilson, College of Arts & Sciences, Initiative on Cities When England scored a 92nd-minute goal to defeat Wales in the European soccer tournament Thursday, British citizens watching the telecast at the Queen Vic old English pub here jumped to their feet and erupted in cheers, their midday bitters arrayed before them on the bar… Expert quote: […]

  • U.K. assassination casts shadow over ‘Brexit’ campaigns

    June 16, 2016

    USA Today Graham Wilson, Initiative on Cities, College of Arts & Sciences The heated campaign over whether Britain should leave the European Union came to an abrupt halt Thursday following the assassination of a member of Parliament who played a visible role campaigning for continued membership in the EU… Expert quote: “One warning of this for politicians in […]

  • In survey, mayors say they worry about aging infrastructure

    January 21, 2016

    Associated Press Graham Wilson, Initiative on Cities Mayors across the U.S. say they worry about their cities’ aging infrastructure and they’d like more state and federal support, according to a survey released Wednesday… Expert quote: “We hope that the Menino Survey shines a light on their leadership and helps mayors communicate the needs, challenges, and […]

  • Obama’s trade agenda clears key hurdle in Senate

    June 23, 2015

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Graham Wilson, College of Arts & Sciences, Initiative on Cities An unusual alliance of President Obama and Senate Republicans resuscitated the president’s foreign trade agenda Tuesday, delivering a sharp defeat to Congressional Democrats, including Senator Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the Massachusetts delegation who have vocally opposed the plan… Expert […]

  • Court Pension Smackdown Toughens Job for U.S. Governors, Mayors

    May 9, 2015

    Bloomberg Graham Wilson, College of Arts & Sciences The Illinois Supreme Court’s rejection Friday of a measure meant to make the state’s pensions solvent is the most powerful reminder yet that it’s a brutal time to be the chief executive of a fiscally challenged city or state… Expert quote: “It’s a problem from hell. The […]

  • Experts Media Alert – UK General Elections

    April 6, 2015

    The United Kingdom will hold general elections in May. Although a recent poll shows an increase in Prime Minister David Cameron’s approval rating, it does not appear to be the case for the rest of his Conservative Party. Opposition Labour Leader Ed Miliband has also seen an uptick in his approval ratings, but again, his rise […]

  • Tom Menino’s Initiative On Cities

    March 18, 2014

    WBUR “Radio Boston” Graham Wilson, College of Arts & Sciences Menino is setting up the Initiative on Cities with Graham Wilson, Chairman the political science department at B.U…. Listen to audio of expert Graham Wilson

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