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Daniel DiSalvo

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Daniel DiSalvo

Professor, Chair of Political Science

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DANIEL DISALVO is professor and chair of political science in the Colin Powell School at the City College of New York–CUNY and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His scholarship focuses on American political parties, elections, labor unions, state government, and public policy. He is the author of Engines of Change: Party Factions in American Politics, 1868–2010 (Oxford, 2012) and Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences (Oxford, 2015). DiSalvo writes frequently for scholarly and popular publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, National Affairs, City Journal, American Interest, The Weekly Standard, Los Angeles Times, and the New York Daily News. He is coeditor of The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics. He has held visting appointments at the James Madison Program at Princeton University and the CUNY Graduate Center. 

Ph.D. Politics, University of Virginia. 2007.

Courses Taught

10100: United States Politics and Government An analysis of processes, values and problems of American government and democracy. Special emphasis is given to national political institutions and issues. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

21600: Political Parties and Interest Groups Interest groups and pressure politics. The rise of new groups in the political process. The nature and functions of parties under the American system of government; major and minor parties; party finance and political machines; national campaign issues and techniques. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

22100: The Congress An examination of the role of legislative bodies in our political system. Organization, procedures and operations are the focus of the course. Case studies dealing with contemporary policy-making are integrated throughout the semester. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

22200: The Presidency Assessment of the present and possible future role of the American presidency. The development of the office, its relationship to other institutions and politics, and contemporary problems. Topics include the duties of the President as Chief Executive, legislator, shaper of foreign policy, Commander-in-Chief, party leader, and head of state. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

22400: U.S. Political Economy This course examines the intersection between economics and politics in the United States. The focus is on how American political and economic systems have interacted and developed over more than two centuries. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.




Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).

Engines of Change: Party Factions in American Politics, 1868-2010 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

Building Coalitions, Making Policy: The Politics of the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Presidencies (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). Co-editor w/Martin Levin and Martin Shapiro.


Recent Articles and Book Chapters

"Edward C. Banfield and the Defense of Political Parties," American Political Thought, Forthcoming. 

“Unions, Parties, and the Politics of State Government Legacy Costs,” Policy Studies Journal Vol. 46, No. 3 (2018). w/Jeff Kucik 

“Vested Interests and Policy-Focused Analysis: Medicaid Politics in New York,” Political Science Quarterly Vol. 33, No. 2 (2018).

“Edward Banfield Revisited,” National Affairs 32 (Summer 2017).

“The Multifaceted Oeuvre of Raymond Aron,” Society Vol. 53, Issue 1 (April 2016). 

Brief Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioners,” United States Supreme Court, Friedrichs et al. v. California Teachers Association, No. 14-915, September 11, 2015. w/Thomas R. McCarthy. ​

“The New American Spoils System,” The American Interest: Policy, Politics, & Culture (March/April 2015). 

“Cómo los Sindicatos de Empleados Públics Debilitan al Gobierno: El Caso de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Neuva York,” En Letra No. 3, Febrero 2015. 

“Factions and Intra-Party Conflict,” in Encyclopedia of American Political Culture, ed. Michael Shally-Jensen. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. 2015.

"The Nature of Party Organizations," in Guide to Political Parties, ed. Marjorie Hershey. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2014. 

"The Politics of Studying Politics: Political Science Since the 1960s," Society 50(2) (2013).

"Liberty and Rights in American and British Conservatism," in Reflections on Conservative Politics in the United Kingdom and the United States: Still Soul Mates?, ed. Mark McNaught. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 2012. w/ James W. Ceaser.

"Government Unions in America," in The New Leviathan: The State Versus the Individual in the 21st Century, ed. Roger Kimball. New York, NY: Encounter Books. 2012.

"How to Approach Public Sector Unions," in A Time for Governing, eds. Yuval Levin and Meghan Clyne. New York, NY: Encounter Books. 2012.

"Legislative Coalitions, Polarization, and the U.S. Senate," The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics 9(4) (January 2012). 

"Neo-liberalism," in Oxford University Encyclopedia of American Political, Policy, and Legal History, eds. Paul Boyer, Donald Critchlow, and Philip R. VanderMeer. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 2012.  

"The Trouble with Public Sector Unions," National Affairs 1(5) (Fall 2010).

"The Politics of a Party Faction: The Liberal-Labor Alliance in the Democratic Party, 1948-1972," The Journal of Policy History (Summer 2010).

"Obama, un chef de parti," La Revue Internationale et Stratégique 76 (hiver 2009/2010).

"Party Factions in Congress," Congress & the Presidency: A Journal of Capital Studies 36:1 (Spring 2009), 27-57.

"Four Traps: Overcoming Barriers to Effective Immigration Reform," The American Interest: Policy, Politics, & Culture Vol. IV, No. 4 (March-April 2009).

"Faith in the Primaries,"Perspectives on Political Science Vol. 38, No. 2 (Spring 2009). w/Jerome Copulsky. 

"The Magnitude of the 2008 Democratic Victory: By the Numbers," in Understanding the Presidency, 6th edition, eds. James P. Pfiffner and Roger H. Davidson (Pearson/Logman, 2010), w/ James W. Ceaser.

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