James Savage headshot
JS

James D. Savage

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Politics
Office location and address
S483 Gibson Hall
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Political Science
Biography

James Savage is the author of Reconstructing Iraq’s Budgetary Institutions: Coalition State Building after Saddam(Cambridge University Press, 2013); Making the EMU: The Politics of Budgetary Surveillance and The Enforcement of Maastricht (Oxford University Press, 2007); Funding Science in America: Congress, Universities, and the Politics of the Academic Pork Barrel (Cambridge University Press, 2000); and Balanced Budgets and American Politics (Cornell University Press, 1990). Articles appearing in such journals as the Journal of Politics, Review of International Political Economy, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, and Public Administration Review. He is the recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell dissertation prize, an Olin-Bradley post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University, a Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs fellowship, a Fulbright-European Union Affairs fellowship, a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria.  Savage is the recipient of the 2013 Aaron B. Wildavsky Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in budgeting and public financial management.  In 2014, Savage was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

His research and teaching focus on comparative budgetary, fiscal, and macroeconomic policy, with an emphasis on the United States, the European Union, Iraq and Japan. He is particularly interested in the development of macrobudgetary rules, procedures, and institutions in these countries, and how they influence fiscal outcomes. His research on the EU includes a study of the Maastricht Treaty and the Stability and Growth Pact. Research for the book was conducted as a Fulbright-European Union Affairs fellow with the European Commission. His studies of the development of Japanese budgetary procedures and policy stem from research conducted at the Japanese Ministry of Finance as a Council of Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs Fellow. His most recent book explores the American-led Coalition’s reconstruction of Iraq’s budgetary system after the fall of Saddam Hussein. He is currently completing a book project for Cambridge University Press titled, Comparative Government Budgeting:  Global Perspectives on Public Financial Management.

Savage’s service to the University includes serving as Executive Assistant to the President for Federal Relations, Assistant Vice President for Research and Federal Relations, Director, Masters of Administration and Mid-Career Programs, Interim Department Chair, and Associate Chair.

AS-POLI The MIP and the Expanded Economic Surveillance of the European Union
Source: University of Luxembourg
August 25, 2015 – January 09, 2016
PLCP 4220: Comparative Budgeting and Economic Policy
Credits: 3
Comparative Budgeting and Economic Policy
LPPS 4220: Comparative Budgeting & Economic Policy
Credits: 3
This course examines how the world's major states and regions manage their public finances and economic policies through their budgetary processes and institutions.
PLPT 4305: American Political Thought to 1865
Credits: 3
This course examines the development of American political thought from the Puritans through the Civil War. The questions they posed and attempted to answer are the eternal questions of all political thought, such as, what is the best form of government; what are the rights and obligations of citizens; what is the proper relationship between the state and religion.
PLAP 5460: The Politics of the Budgetary Process
Credits: 3
This course examines the politics and processes of federal budgeting, and the role the budget plays in national economic policy making. Topics covered include the historical development of the budget and fiscal policy; the creation of the executive budget; the politics of the budgetary process through appropriations, entitlements, and tax policy; and the relationship between fiscal and monetary policy. Crosslisted with PPOL 5460
PPOL 5460: The Politics of the Budgetary Process
Credits: 3
This course examines the politics and processes of federal budgeting, and the role the budget plays in national economic policy making. Topics covered include the historical development of the budget and fiscal policy; the creation of the executive budget; the politics of the budgetary process through appropriations, entitlements, and tax policy; and the relationship between fiscal and monetary policy. Crosslisted with PLAP 5460
PLIR 5993: Selected Problems in International Relations
Credits: 1–3
Independent study, under faculty supervision, for intensive research on a specific topic. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PLCP 5993: Selected Problems in Comparative Politics
Credits: 1–3
Independent study, under faculty supervision, for intensive research on a specific topic. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PLPT 7220: American Political Thought
Credits: 3
Studies the development of American political thought by major contributors.