I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina.  I also currently have an appointment as a Research Associate at the Centre for Public Management and Governance at the University of Johannesburg.  My teaching and research interests are in American politics, public policy and public administration.  

Here is my CV: Witko CV
Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in anything on this page: witkoc@mailbox.sc.edu

Research  

Some Current Research Projects:

I have a number of research projects underway, here are some examples:  
  • I am part of a large research project, PAIRDEM, directed by Elin Allern and Tim Bale that examines the relationships between parties and interests groups in affluent democracies.  This project is supported by the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Research Council. 
  • Explaining the Public (Non)-response to Growing Income Inequality (with Peter Enns, Nate Kelly and Jana Morgan).  In this research we examine why, despite expectations to the contrary, growing inequality has not led to greater public demands for redistribution or other egalitarian policy interventions.  This project is supported by a Russell Sage Foundation grant.
  • The Politics of Regulatory Enforcement (with Susan Miller and Neal Woods). 

Some Recent Papers and Articles

"The Politics of Financialization in the United States, 1949-2005."  Forthcoming at BJPS.  Available here: witkoFinancializationBJPS.pdf

"Conditional Status Quo Bias and Top Income Shares: How U.S. Political Institutions Have Benefitted the Rich." (with Peter Enns, Nate Kelly, Jana Morgan and Tom Volscho). Available here: csqb.pdf

"Inequality, Self-interest and Public Support for "Robin Hood" Tax Policies." (with Bill Franko and Caroline Tolbert).  Available here: PRQsubfinalweb.pdf

"Party Government and Variation in Corporate Influence on Agency Decision Making: OSHA Regulation, 1981–2006."  Available here:  OSHAweb.pdf

"Campaign Contributions, Access and Government Contracting." Available here: 

contributionscontracts.pdf

"The Ecology of Party-Organized Interest Relationships."  Available here: WitkoPolity09.pdf 

"Business Backgrounds and Congressional Decision-making." (with Sally Friedman):  Available Here: Witko and Friedman CP_Spring08.pdf

Data

You can access replication data and files from published papers at my dataverse page

State Campaign Finance Regulatory Stringency 1992-2012

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Teaching  

Government and Inequality in the United States:
  • In this class we examine how politics and policy have contributed to growing inequality in the U.S. and examine how inequality has altered politics and public policy.
  • The audience is upper level undergraduates
  • Here is a copy of the syllabus: Spring2014syll.pdf

Public Data Analysis:
  • This class is designed to teach managers in the government and non-profit sectors how to analyze, interpret and present data.
  • The audience is MPA students 
  • Here is a copy of the syllabus:  771syllabus.pdf

Public Finance:
  • This class is designed to teach managers in the government and non-profit sectors about the public sector budget process and to provide tools that they can use in managing the finances of their organizations.
  • The audience is MPA students   
  • Here is a copy of the syllabus: 775syllabus.pdf

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