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Brian Adams

Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University
Chapter Leader: San Diego SSN, California SSN

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Adams's research focuses on democracy on a local level. He has done research on both electoral and non-electoral participation in cities, with a particular focus on explaining why local governments do not reach their democratic potential.

In the News

Brian Adams quoted by Jill Castellano, "San Diego County’s House Members: How Loyal are They To Their Parties?" KPBS, March 7, 2018.
Brian Adams quoted by Joe Yerardi, "Cash is Key for Republicans Eying County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ Seat" KPBS, June 11, 2015.
Brian Adams quoted by Kyla Calvert, "Barrera Will Lead Labor Council, Remain on School Board" KPBS, May 23, 2013.


"Assessing the Merits of Decentralization: A Framework for Identifying the Causal Mechanisms Influencing Policy Outcomes" Politics & Policy 44, no. 5 (2016): 820-849.

Develops a theoretical framework for understanding how decentralization can influence policy outcomes.

"Working through Disagreement in Deliberative Forums" The Social Science Journal 52, no. 2 (2015): 229-238.

Explores how citizens deal with disagreements when they arise during deliberation.

"Reason-Giving In Deliberative Forums" Journal of Public Deliberation 10, no. 2 (2014).

explores whether deliberators give reasons and evidence to support their conclusions when discussing public policy issues

Campaign Finance in Local Elections: Buying the Grassroots (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010).

Explores the role of money in local election and the efficacy of campaign finance reform efforts on a local level.

Citizen Lobbyists: Local Efforts to Influence Public Policy (Temple University Press, 2006).

Explores how citizens attempt to influence local policy issues through non-electoral participation.