James Savage

Professor of Politics and Public Policy
Email Address
Phone Number
Office Location/Room Number
Gibson S483
Education & Training
Ph.D., M.P.P., University of California, Berkeley
Courses Taught
PPOL/PLAP 5460: The Politics of the Budgetary Process

James Savage is the author of Reconstructing Iraq’s Budgetary Institutions: Coalition State Building after Saddam (Cambridge University Press, 2013); Making the EMU: The Politics of Budgetary Surveillance and The Enforcement of Maastricht (Oxford University Press, 2007); Funding Science in America: Congress, Universities, and the Politics of the Academic Pork Barrel (Cambridge University Press, 2000); and Balanced Budgets and American Politics (Cornell University Press, 1990). Articles appearing in such journals as the Journal of Politics, Review of International Political Economy, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, and Public Administration Review. He is the recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell dissertation prize, Olin-Bradley post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University, Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs fellowship, Fulbright-European Union Affairs fellowship, and other fellowships and awards. In 2014, Savage was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

His research and teaching focus on comparative budgetary, fiscal, and macroeconomic policy, with an emphasis on the United States, the European Union, Iraq and Japan. He is particularly interested in the development of macrobudgetary rules, procedures, and institutions in these countries, and how they influence fiscal outcomes. His research on the EU includes a study of the Maastricht Treaty and the Stability and Growth Pact. Research for the book was conducted as a Fulbright-European Union Affairs fellow with the European Commission. His studies of the development of Japanese budgetary procedures and policy stem from research conducted at the Japanese Ministry of Finance as a Council of Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs Fellow. His most recent book explores the American-led Coalition’s reconstruction of Iraq’s budgetary system after the fall of Saddam Hussein. He is currently completing projects on budgetary statebuilding in Afghanistan and the rise of new fiscal rules in the European Union in the wake of financial crisis. 

Savage’s service to the University includes serving as Executive Assistant to the President for Federal Relations, Assistant Vice President for Research and Federal Relations and Director, Masters of Administration and Mid-Career Programs.