Dr. James Clinger

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Dr. James Clinger

Dr. James Clinger

Political Science

Dr. Clinger's CV

  • PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
  • MA, University of Kansas
  • BA, University of Kansas 


Dr. James C. Clinger (Ph. D. Washington University in St. Louis) is a professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology at Murray State University. Dr. Clinger teaches courses in state and local government, Kentucky politics, intergovernmental relations, public policy analysis, and public budgeting and finance. He is also the director of the Masters of Public Administration program.

He has published research in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Public Administration Review, Policy Studies Journal, Public Choice, Urban Studies, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Political Research Quarterly, and a number of other journals. He is also the co-author of Institutional Constraint and Policy Choice: An Exploration of Local Governance and co-editor of Kentucky Government, Politics, and Policy. His recent publications include “Preemption Transformed: From the Supremacy of Federal ‘Laws’ to Rule by Executive Memo,”  forthcoming in Federalism: Historical Development and Modern Governance, edited by Michael Hail, and “School Resources and Student Outcomes in Kentucky Public High Schools,” appearing in the Commonwealth Review of Politics (co-authored with Martin Battle).

Dr. Clinger is also the chair of the Murray-Calloway County Transit Authority Board and a member of the Ethics Board for the City of Murray. He is a past president of the Kentucky Political Science Association and a former trustee of the Falmouth (KY) Volunteer Firefighter Association. Dr. Clinger is currently serving on the executive council of the Section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations of the American Political Science Association. He also serves on the editorial board of the Commonwealth Review of Politics.

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