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Neal Woods

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Political Science
University of South Carolina

Phone Number 803-777-7359
Office: 309 Gambrell
Fields of Inquiry: American Politics Public Administration and Public Policy
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Neal Woods


Neal Woods received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Kentucky. Prior to his doctoral education he was a student at the University of Kansas, where he received bachelor’s degrees in economics, business administration, and political science. 

In the MPA program Professor Woods regularly teaches courses on the public policy process, perspectives on public administration, public accountability and ethics, and environmental policy.  He has also taught courses on public data analysis and policy evaluation.

Professor Woods’ research focuses on how political and administrative institutions affect policy outcomes, especially in the areas of environmental policy and regulation.  


Professor Woods’ research interests lie in the areas of public policy, public administration, federalism and intergovernmental relations, and state politics.  Substantively, much of his research focuses on environmental policy and regulation.  He has published numerous articles on these and related topics in political science, public administration, and public policy journals. 

Resarch Areas

Public policy (environmental policy, regulation), bureaucratic politics, federalism and intergovernmental relations


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.