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 Political Science Faculty of Boston University in 2007 and served as Chair of the Department from 2010 until 2015. 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… Read more

Professor Graham Wilson joined the Political Science Faculty of Boston University in 2007 and served as Chair of the Department from 2010 until 2015. 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, he joined former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino as Co-director and Co-founder of the Initiative on Cities at Boston University where he now serves as Director.

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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  • Trump’s Pro-Business Image Tarnished as CEOs Abandon Him

    August 17, 2017

    Bloomberg quoting Graham Wilson, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “During his campaign for president, Donald Trump boasted of business prowess, vowing to bring in top executives to help him revive the economy and to personally lobby corporate chiefs to keep jobs in the U.S…” Expert quote: “Standing with Trump […]

  • Trump’s Pro-Business Image Tarnished as CEOs Abandon President

    August 17, 2017

    Bloomberg quoting Graham Wilson, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “During his campaign for president, Donald Trump boasted of business prowess, vowing to bring in top executives to help him revive the economy and to personally lobby corporate chiefs to keep jobs in the U.S…” Expert quote: “Standing with Trump at this moment, after his […]

  • Brits Say Terror, EU Exit Are Keys To Election Today

    June 8, 2017

    In Homeland Security quoting Graham Wilson, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “After a seven-week election campaign that veered from the boredom of staged sound bites to the trauma of two deadly terrorist attacks, Britain’s political leaders today want voters to choose: Who is best to keep the U.K. safe and lead it […]

  • Brits say terror, EU exit are keys to election today

    June 8, 2017

    Boston Herald quoting Graham Wilson, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “After a seven-week election campaign that veered from the boredom of staged sound bites to the trauma of two deadly terrorist attacks, Britain’s political leaders today want voters to choose: Who is best to keep the U.K. safe and lead it out […]

  • After Dissing Trump, Chamber Borrows From His Populist Playbook

    January 31, 2017

    Bloomberg Graham Wilson, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Diana Conley sat like a sparrow among eagles as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce kicked off a nationwide “listening tour” billed as a chance to gather the views of small business owners… Expert quote: “Small businesses are OK in a populist era in a […]

  • In Trump era, US automakers seek balance between jobs and profits

    January 31, 2017

    Christian Science Monitor Graham Wilson, College of Arts & Sciences During the presidential election campaign, President Trump pledged to create new manufacturing jobs and bring other jobs back from overseas… Expert quote: “To get so involved in the details of a private-sector decision is, I think, almost unprecedented in modern times.” View full article

  • 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: […]

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