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College of Arts & Sciences
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Neal Woods

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science &
the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment 

Phone Number: 803-777-7359
Office: Gambrell 309
Research Areas: Society, Policy & Environment
Research Summary: Public policy (environmental policy, regulation), bureaucratic politics, federalism and intergovernmental relations
Neal Woods


Professor Woods teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on public policy and public administration.  He is a core member of the department’s NASPAA accredited Master in Public Administration program, and also teaches in the Environment and Sustainability Program. 


Selected Publications 

Woods, Neal D. 2015.  “Separation of Powers and the Politics of Administrative Rule Review.” 

State Politics and Policy Quarterly 15:3 (September) 345-365.

 Woods, Neal D.  2015.  “Regulatory Democracy Reconsidered: The Policy Impact of Public

Participation Requirements.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 25:2 (April)


Nicholson-Crotty, Sean C., Neal D. Woods, Ann O’M. Bowman, and Andrew Karch.  2014.

“Policy Innovativeness and Interstate Compacts.”  Policy Studies Journal 42:2 (May) 305-324

Krause, George A. and Neal D. Woods.  2014.  “State Bureaucracy: Policy Delegation,

Comparative Institutional Capacity, and Administrative Politics in the American States.” In Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government.  Donald P. Haider-Markel, ed.  New York: Oxford University Press, 363-393.  

Konisky, David M. and Neal D. Woods.  2012.  “Environmental Free Riding in State Water Pollution Enforcement.”  State Politics and Policy Quarterly 12:3 (September) 227-251.

Konisky, David M. and Neal D. Woods.  2012.  “Measuring State Environmental Policy.” Review of Policy Research 29:4 (July) 544-569.