Professor John Owens

Emeritus Professor

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Professor of United States Government and Politics in the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster and a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at the American University in Washington, DC and the Institute for the Study of the Americas at University College, London. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals and book chapters as well as the co-author or co-editor of books on congressional-presidential relations, the United States Congress, and comparative legislative politics. He has published widely in leading journals, including Asian Politics and Policy, the Australian Journal of International Relations, British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Legislative Studies, Political Studies, Politics & Policy, and Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines.

His books include The "War on Terror" and the Growth of Executive Power? A Comparative Perspective (Routledge 2010/2012) coedited with Riccardo Pelizzo; America's "War on Terrorism". New Dimensions in US Government and National Security (Lexington 2008) coedited with John W. Dumbrell; Leadership in Context (Rowman & Littlefield 2003), coedited with Erwin C. Hargrove; The Republican Takeover of Congress (Palgrave), coedited with Dean McSweeney; Congress and the Presidency: Institutional Politics in a Separated System (Manchester University Press 1996) co-authored with Michael Foley; and After Full Employment (Hutchinson University Press) coauthored with John Keane.

He is a member of the editorial boards of Congress and the Presidency, The Journal of Legislative Studies, and Politics and Policy (also Associate Editor), and a past member of the board of Presidential Studies Quarterly. He is also an executive committee member of the International Political Science Association's Research Committee of Legislative Specialists, a former chair and vice-chair of the American Politics Group of the UK Political Studies Association, former chair of the Political Studies Association's Richard Neustadt Prize Committee, and former chair of the Southern Political Science Association's Phi Sigma Alpha Best Paper award committee.

He is a frequent commentator in the media on contemporary United States government and politics, a past visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, the Centennial Center of the American Political Science Association, the University of Essex, Texas A&M University, and a visitor to numerous universities throughout the world. He has also received awards from the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation, The Everett McKinley Dirksen Congressional Leadership Center, USIS, and the LBJ Foundation.

Current Research Interests

  • War and the growth of executive power
  • Speakers' leadership styles in the US House of Representatives (financed by the British Academy and the Everett McKinley Dirksen Congressional Leadership Center).
  • Rules and agenda-setting and structuring in the US Congress (financed by the Nuffield Foundation).
  • Contemporary congressional-presidential relations: Obama and the Congress
  • Comparative legislative parties and party cohesion

Research Supervision & MA Modules

  • US presidential and executive politics
  • US congressional politics
  • Political leadership
  • Congressional-presidential relations
  • Comparative legislative politics

2013

The onward march of (asymmetric) partisan polarisation in the contemporary congress (2013)
Owens, J. 2013. The onward march of (asymmetric) partisan polarisation in the contemporary congress. in: Dumbrell, J.W. (ed.) Issues in American politics: polarized politics in the age of Obama London Routledge. pp. 98-121
Rivals only sometimes: presidentialism, unilateralism and congressional acquiescence in Obama’s ‘ongoing struggle’ against terrorism (2013)
Owens, J. 2013. Rivals only sometimes: presidentialism, unilateralism and congressional acquiescence in Obama’s ‘ongoing struggle’ against terrorism. in: Thurber, J.A. (ed.) Rivals for power: presidential-congressional relations (5th edition) Lanham, MD Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 295-322

2011

A ‘post-partisan’ President in a partisan context (2011)
Owens, J. 2011. A ‘post-partisan’ President in a partisan context. in: Thurber, J.A. (ed.) Obama in office: the first two years Boulder, CO Paradigm Books. pp. 105-124
The impact of the “war on terror” on executive-legislative relations in the UK and US: a comparative analysis (2011)
Owens, J. and Shepherd, M. 2011. The impact of the “war on terror” on executive-legislative relations in the UK and US: a comparative analysis. in: Casey, T. (ed.) Legacy of the crash: how the financial crisis changed America and Britain London Palgrave Macmillan.

2010

Bush's Congressional legacy and Congress's Bush legacy (2010)
Owens, J. 2010. Bush's Congressional legacy and Congress's Bush legacy. in: Morgan, I. and Davies, P.J. (ed.) Assessing George W. Bush's legacy: the right man? Basingstoke, Hants Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 51-78
Parliamentary party discipline (2010)
Owens, J. and Hazan, R. 2010. Parliamentary party discipline. in: Kurian, G.T., Alt, J.E., Chambers, S., Garrett, G., Levi, M. and McClain, P.D. (ed.) Encyclopedia of political science Washington, DC CQ Press.

2009

Rivals only sometimes: Presidentialism, unilateralism and congressional acquiescence in the US "War on Terror" (2009)
Owens, J. 2009. Rivals only sometimes: Presidentialism, unilateralism and congressional acquiescence in the US "War on Terror". in: Thurber, J.A. (ed.) Rivals for power: presidential-congressional relations. 4th edition Lanham, Md. ; Plymouth Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 309-324

2008

Presidential aggrandizement and congressional acquiescence in the "war on terror": a new constitutional equilibrium? (2008)
Owens, J. 2008. Presidential aggrandizement and congressional acquiescence in the "war on terror": a new constitutional equilibrium? in: Owens, J. and Dumbrell, J.W. (ed.) America's "war on terrorism": new dimensions in U.S. government and national security Lanham, Md. ; Plymouth, U.K. Lexington Books. pp. 25-76
“Introduction: America's 'war on terrorrsm': new dimensions in US Government and national security (2008)
Owens, J. and Dumbrell, J.W. 2008. “Introduction: America's 'war on terrorrsm': new dimensions in US Government and national security. in: Owens, J. and Dumbrell, J.W. (ed.) America's "war on terrorism": new dimensions in U.S. government and national security Lanham, Md. ; Plymouth, U.K. Lexington Books. pp. 1-24

2007

George W. Bush, the "War on Terror", and the New Constitutional Equilibrium (2007)
Owens, J. 2007. George W. Bush, the "War on Terror", and the New Constitutional Equilibrium. in: LaGayette, P. (ed.) L'Empire de L'Executif (1933-2006): La Presidence des Etas-Unis de Franklin Roosevelt a George W. Bush Paris, France Universite de Paris.

2004

US economic development and the growth of government (2004)
Owens, J. 2004. US economic development and the growth of government. in: West, J. (ed.) USA and Canada 2005. 5th edition London, UK Europa. pp. 118-127
US economic development and the growth of government (2004)
Owens, J. 2004. US economic development and the growth of government. in: West, J. (ed.) USA and Canada 2005. 7th edition London, UK Europa. pp. 128-139

2003

US economic development and the growth of government (2003)
Owens, J. 2003. US economic development and the growth of government. in: USA and Canada 2004. 6th edition London, UK Europa. pp. 126-137
Challenging (and acting for) the president: congressional leadership in an era of partisan polarization (2003)
Owens, J. 2003. Challenging (and acting for) the president: congressional leadership in an era of partisan polarization. in: Edwards, G.C. and Davies, P.J. (ed.) New challenges for the American presidency London, UK Pearson Longman. pp. 123-143

2002

Congress: the co-equal partner (2002)
Owens, J. 2002. Congress: the co-equal partner. in: Singh, R. (ed.) Governing America: the politics of a divided democracy Oxford, UK Oxford University Press. pp. 189-214
US economic development and budgetary politics (2002)
Owens, J. 2002. US economic development and budgetary politics. in: West, J. (ed.) USA and Canada 2002. 4th edition London, UK Europa. pp. 114-122

2012

Parties in democratic national assemblies: comparative assessment of parliaments note (2012)
Owens, J. 2012. Parties in democratic national assemblies: comparative assessment of parliaments note. Albany, New York The Research Foundation, Center for International Development (SUNY/CID).

2010

The 'War on Terror' and the growth of executive power? A comparative analysis (2010)
Owens, J. and Pelizzo, R. (ed.) 2010. The 'War on Terror' and the growth of executive power? A comparative analysis. Abingdon, Oxon Routledge.

2008

America's "war on terrorism": new dimensions in U.S. government and national security (2008)
Owens, J. and Dumbrell, J.W. (ed.) 2008. America's "war on terrorism": new dimensions in U.S. government and national security. Lanham, Md. ; Plymouth, U.K. Lexington Books.

2003

Leadership in context (2003)
Hargrove, E.C. and Owens, J. (ed.) 2003. Leadership in context. Oxford, UK Rowman & Littlefield.

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