Daniel Paul Franklin

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Associate Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University

38 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 413-6182

Expertise & Civic Involvements

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.

SSN Briefs

Key Publications

  • 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.
  • "Will the South Rise Again?" American Studies Journal 56 (2012).
    Argues that the South runs the risk of becoming irrelevant to American national politics, the consequences of which would be devastating to what is one of the poorest regions in the country.
  • "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.
  • 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.

Media Contributions

Franklin has been quoted and interviewed numerous times in the local Atlanta and Georgia State press, and has recorded his own interview of military aide to the Eisenhower White House Col. Irv Schoenberg (Ret.) for the Oral History Project at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, which is due to be published by the National Archives and Records Administration. He contributed the article defining “executive privilege” to the Encyclopedia Britannica, and has also penned numerous articles for Britannica’s online blog, which can be accessed below.

Talks and Briefings

  • "President Obama in the Second Term," Atlanta Downtown Rotary Club, November 21, 2012.
  • "The Domestic Policies of President George W. Bush," Roundtable Participant, SPSA Convention, New Orleans, LA, January 2012.
  • "The Normalization of American Politics," SPSA Convention, Atlanta, GA, January 2010.
  • "State Legislative Allocation of Spending in Battleground States," (with Sean Richey and Ryan Yonk), MWPSA Convention, Chicago, IL, March 2010.
  • "Will the South Rise Again?," Tri- National Summer Symposium on the “Global South” sponsored by the German Government (DAAD) and hosted by the Center for American Studies at Mainz Universitat, Mainz, Germany, July 2009.