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Department of Political Science
Baylor University
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Waco, Texas 76798

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Patrick Flavin

Assistant Professor of Political Science

B.A., University of St. Thomas
M.A., University of Notre Dame
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Pat Flavin’s research and teaching interests include political inequality, government representation of public opinion, political behavior, the impact of political processes on citizens’ quality of life, U.S. state politics, public policy, and research methods.  His research has been published in the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and other journals.  He is currently investigating which laws and institutions promote greater political equality and democratic inclusion across the American states.

Courses at Baylor:

PSC 1305 American National Government:
A course in American national government with emphasis on the historical background, structure, organization, and functioning of that government.

PSC 3301 Scope and Methods of Political Science:
A course designed to equip beginning political scientists with the basic tools of political analysis used by professional political scientists. The scope of the discipline is explored through the use of primary writings, and the student is introduced to general concepts, theories, approaches, and models as well as basic methodologies and techniques of political research.

PSC 3322 American Public Policy:
An introductory study of how the dynamics of governmental decision making influence the content of public policy; course focuses upon how legislators, interest groups, chief executives, and the bureaucracy function to define alternatives and to shape policy agenda and content.

PSC 3310 Legislative Process and Behavior:
An examination of state and national legislative institutions and processes. Areas covered include the nature of legislative responsibility, organizational structure, the role of parties and lobbying groups, legislative decision making, legislative relations with executive and judicial branches, policy output, and the theory and methods employed by scholars currently working in this field.

PSC 4300 Political Behavior:
Psychological and social dimensions of political behavior including political images, culture and socialization, participation, leadership, elites, parties and interest groups, voting behavior, and decision making processes.

Publications (Copies of articles available on personal website):

Forthcoming: “Assessing the Impact of the Size and Scope of Government on Human Well-Being.” Social Forces (with Alexander C. Pacek and Benjamin Radcliff).

Forthcoming: “Direct Democracy and Political Equality in the American States.” Social Science Quarterly.

2014: “The Political Foundations of the Black-White Education Achievement Gap.” American Politics Research 42(1): 3-33 (with Michael T. Hartney).

2013: “Religion and Government Corruption in the American States.” Public Integrity 15(4): 329-43 (with Richard Ledet).

2013: “Policy Representation and Evaluations of State Government.” State and Local Government Review 45(3): 405-12.

2012: “Does Higher Voter Turnout Among the Poor Lead to More Equal Policy Representation?” Social Science Journal 49(4): 405-12.

2012: “Two Distinct Concepts: Party Competition in Government and Electoral Competition in the American States.” State Politics & Policy Quarterly 12(3): 330-42 (with Gregory Shufeldt).

2012: “Life Satisfaction and Political Participation: Evidence from the United States.” Journal of Happiness Studies 13(1): 63-78 (with Michael J. Keane).

2012: “Income Inequality and Policy Representation in the American States.” American Politics Research 40(1): 29-59.

2011: “Labor Union Membership and Voting Across Nations.” Electoral Studies 30(4): 633-41 (with Benjamin Radcliff).

2011: “From the Schoolhouse to the Statehouse: Teacher Union Political Activism and U.S. State Education Reform Policy.” State Politics & Policy Quarterly 11(3): 251-68 (with Michael T. Hartney).

2011: “How Citizens and Legislators Prioritize Spheres of Representation.” Political Research Quarterly 64(3): 520-33 (with John D. Griffin).

2011: “State Intervention and Subjective Well-Being in Advanced Industrial Democracies.” Politics & Policy 39(2): 251-69 (with Alexander C. Pacek and Benjamin Radcliff).

2010: “Labor Unions and Life Satisfaction: Evidence from New Data.” Social Indicators Research 98(3): 435-49 (with Alexander C. Pacek and Benjamin Radcliff).

2009: “Policy, Preferences, and Participation: Government’s Impact on Democratic Citizenship.” Journal of Politics 71(2): 544-59 (with John D. Griffin).

2009: “Public Policies and Suicide Rates in the American States.” Social Indictors Research 90(2): 195-209 (with Benjamin Radcliff).

2007: “Racial Differences in Information, Expectations, and Accountability.” Journal of Politics 69(1): 220-36 (with John D. Griffin).