Daniel Paul Franklin

Associate Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University
Chapter Member: Georgia SSN
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Franklin specializes in the institutions of American politics. He teaches courses on the American Presidency, American National Government and Georgia State politics. He also has a research interest and has published on film and politics, and the budget process in Congress.


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"Are Third-Party Candidates Spoilers? What Voting Data Reveal," Daniel Paul Franklin (with Abigail C. Bowen and Judd Thornton), The Conversation, January 18, 2017.
"Obama’s Speech at Baltimore Mosque was Powerful, but Was Anyone Listening?," Daniel Paul Franklin, The Conversation, February 10, 2016.
Daniel Paul Franklin quoted on the Iran nuclear deal by Melissa Sim, "Obama Wins Enough Congress Support for Iran Nuclear Deal" Straights Times, September 4, 2015.
"Why Long-Shot Candidates Reach for the Holy Grail of Higher Office," Daniel Paul Franklin, The Conversation, May 7, 2015.
"Is the President’s Executive Order on Immigration Going to be Stopped?," Daniel Paul Franklin, The Conversation, February 19, 2015.
Daniel Paul Franklin quoted on midterm elections by Dan Hirschhorn, "Republicans Taste Victory on Election Day" Fortune, November 4, 2014.
"Did The Mississippi GOP Primary Battles Signal New Leverage For African-Americans?," Daniel Paul Franklin, Talking Points Memo Café, June 27, 2014.
"Court's Decision Likely to Change Little," Daniel Paul Franklin, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 28, 2013.
Regular contributions by Daniel Paul Franklin to Encyclopedia Britannica Blog.


"Policy Point-Counterpoint: Is Divided Government Good for the United States?" (with William McLennan and Christopher John). International Social Studies Review 86, no. 3 (Fall 2011): 160-174.
Moderates remarks by two scholars on the nature and relative pros and cons of America’s unique system of “divided government,” where the separation of powers is built into the Constitution.
Pitiful Giants: Presidents in Their Final Terms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
Seeks to answer the complex and often paradoxical challenges presidents encounter in their lame duck years, when facing a host of structural obstacles that make it difficult for them to carry out their tasks.
Politics and Film: Political Culture and Film in the United States (Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2006).
Examines the political role of film and contends that American film reflects political culture in our society.
"Washington and/or Versailles: The White House as a Court Society" in Presidential Frontiers: Unexplored Issues in White House Politics, edited by Ryan J. Barilleaux (Praeger, 1998), 37-53.
Argues that White House Politics resemble, if anything, the politics of the Royal Court., and makes comparisons between the White House and the Court of Louis XIV of France.
Making Ends Meet: Congressional Budgeting in the Age of Deficits (Congressional Quarterly Press, 1992).
Shows how Congress draws the outlines of American public policy through the Budget Process.
Extraordinary Measures: The Exercise of Prerogative Powers in the United States (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1991).
Examines the powers exercised by government for which there is no precedent nor explicit constitutional grant of power. The central theme of this book is that it is the process that establishes the legitimacy of policy and when the government can operate through proper channels, it should operate through proper channels. I call this the principle of process.