Todd Donovan Collection

Todd Donovan Collection

Western Collection: Donovan, T. and Box

Biographical Note

 A teacher and scholar of political science, specializing in direct democracy, election systems, and representation, Todd Donovan was born in Palo Alto, California, and educated at California State University, Sacramento (BA 1986: Economics) and the University of California, Riverside (MA 1990: Political Science; PhD 1991: Political Science). His doctoral dissertation was entitled Politics and the Adoption of Local Development Policies in Southern California Cities (Development Policy). In 1991, Dr. Donovan was appointed to the faculty of the department of Political Science at Western Washington University where in 2000, he attained the rank of Professor. Widely published in his areas of expertise, Dr. Donovan's research interests include electoral systems and representation, political behavior, sub-national politics, direct democracy, and the political economy of local development. 

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of works in the field of political science created 1992 forward. It includes books, journal issues containing individual articles authored by Dr. Donovan, off-prints and photocopies of articles, and photocopies of book chapters. The collection is ongoing.

Notes on Arrangement

The books in the Todd Donovan Collection are shelved under "Donovan" in The Western Collection stacks area, sub-arranged by title. Additional copies of individual book titles may also be available in the Libraries' circulating collection; search the library catalog by author or title for more information.

The collection is organized into folders. Items are ordered chronologically by date of publication, sub-arranged alphabetically by title when items share a common publication date. The arrangement is by Special Collections.


The collection is the gift of Todd Donovan for to Special Collections for The Western Collection.

Copyright Notice

Material in this Collection may be under copyright.




Citizens as Legislators: Direct Democracy in the United States, ed. by Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan, Caroline J. Tolbert, Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1998.

Demanding Choices: Opinion, Voting, and Direct Democracy, by Shaun Bowler and Todd Donovan, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press,1998.

Electoral Reform and Minority Representation: Local Experiments with Alternative Elections, by Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan, and David Brockington, Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2003.

Losers' Consent: Elections and Democratic Legitimacy, by Christopher J. Anderson, André Blais, Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan, and Ola Listhaug, New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Reforming the Republic: Democratic Institutions for the New America, by Todd Donovan, Shaun Bowler, Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004.

Folder List

Folder 1: "Todd Donovan, Curriculum Vitae, February 2006."


Folder 2:  1992-2000

Donovan, Todd and  Max Neiman.  "Citizen Mobilization and the Adoption of Local Growth Control."  Western Political Quarterly 45 (1992): 651-675.

Donovan, Todd and Max Neiman.  "Community Social Status, Suburban Growth, and Local Government Restrictions on Residential Development."  Urban Affairs Quarterly 28 (1992): 323-336.

Bowler, Shaun, Todd Donovan.   "Economic Conditions and Voting on Ballot Propositions." American Politics Quarterly 22 (1994): 27-40.

Donovan, Todd, Joseph R. Snipp.  "Support for Legislative Term Limitations in California: Group Representation, Partisanship, and Campaign Information." Journal of Politics 56 (1994): 492-501.

Donovan, Todd, Max Neiman, and Susan Brumbaugh.  "Two Dimensions of Local Growth Strategies." Research in Community Sociology 4 (1994): 153-169.

Bowler, Shaun, Todd Donovan.  "Popular Responsiveness to Taxation." Political Research Quarterly 48 (1995): 79-99.

Donovan, Todd, Shaun Bowler.  "Direct Democracy and Minority Rights: an Extension."  American Journal of Political Science 42 (1998): 1020-1024.

[Donovan, Todd, Shaun Bowler].  "Data Used for 'Direct Democracy and Minority Civil Rights: an Extension." [1998?] Print copy. 9 leaves.

Brockington, David, Todd Donovan, Shaun Bowler, Robert Brischetto. "Minority Representation Under Cumulative and Limited Voting." Journal of politics 60 (1998): 1108-25.

Banducci, Susan A., Todd Donovan, Jeffrey A. Karp. "Proportional Representation and Attitudes About Politics: Results From New Zealand. Electoral studies 18 (1999): 533-555.

Bowler, Shaun and Todd Donovan. "California's Experience with Direct Democracy." Parliamentary Affairs 53 (2000): 644-656. Original issue.

Donovan, Todd, Jim Wenzel, and Shaun Bowler.  "Direct Democracy and Gay Rights Initiatives after Romer." The Politics of Gay Rights. Eds. C. A. Rimmerman, K. D. Wald, and C. Wilcox. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000. 161-189.

Donovan, Todd. "Mobilization and Support of Minor Parties: Australian Senate elections." Party politics 6 (2000): 473-486.

Donovan, Todd, Shaun Bowler, Tammy Terrio.  "Support for Third Parties in California." American Politics Quarterly 28 (2000): 50-71. 2 copies.


Folder 3: Works, 2001-2003

Bowler, Shaun, David Brockington, Todd Donovan.   "Election Systems and Voter Turnout: Experiments in the United States." Journal of Politics 63 (2001): 902-915.

Bowler, Shaun, Todd Donovan, Max Neiman, and Johnny Peel.  "Institutional Threat and Partisan Outcomes: Legislative Candidates' Attitudes toward Direct Democracy." State Politics & Policy Quarterly 1 (2001): 364-379. Original issue.

Donovan, Todd, Shaun Bowler, and David McCuan.  "Political Consultants and the Initiative Industrial Complex." Dangerous Democracy?: the Battle over Ballot Initiatives in America. Eds. L. J. Sabato, H. R. Ernst, and B. A. Larson. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001. 101-134.

Bowler, Shaun, Todd Donovan. "Democracy, Institutions and Attitudes About Citizen Influence on Government." British Journal of Political Science 32 (2002): 371-390.

Pippen, John, Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan.  "Election Reform and Direct Democracy: Campaign Finance Regulation in the American States." American Politics Research 30 (2002): 559-582.

Bowler, Shaun and Todd Donovan.  "Political Reform via the Initiative Process." Voting at the Political Fault Line: California's Experiment with the Blanket Primary. Eds. B. E. Cain and E. R. Gerber. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. 36-58.

Bowler, Shaun, Todd Donovan, Jeffrey A. Karp.  "When Might Institutions Change?: Elite Support for Direct Democracy in Three Nations." Political Research Quarterly 55 (2002): 731-754.

Bowler, Shaun, Todd Donovan, Robert Hanneman.  "Art for Democracy's Sake?: Group Membership and Political Engagement in Europe." Journal of Politics 65 (2003): 1111-1129.

Donovan, Todd and Charles Morrow.  "The 2000 Washington Second Congressional District Race." The Other Campaign: Soft Money and Issue Advocacy in the 2000 Congressional Elections. Ed. D. B. Magleby. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003. 209-224.


Folder 4: Works, 2004-

Bowler, Shaun, Todd Donovan. "Evolution in State Governance Structures : Unintended Consequences of State Tax and Expenditure Limitations." Political Research Quarterly 59 (2004): 189-196.

Bowler, Shaun, Todd Donovan. "Measuring the Effect of Direct Democracy on State Policy: Not All Initiatives Are Created Equal."

State Politics and Policy Quarterly 4 (2004): 345-363.  Reprint and Proof copy.

Banducci, Susan A., Todd Donovan, Jeffrey A. Karp. "Minority Representation, Empowerment, and Participation." Journal of Politics 66 (2004): 534-556.

Bowler, Shaun and Todd Donovan.  "The Initiative Process."  Politics in the American States: a Comparative Analysis. Eds. V. Gray, R. L. Hanson. Washington, D. C.: CQ Press, 2004. 129-156.

Donovan, Todd, Shaun Bowler, Robert Hanneman. "Social Groups, Sport and Political Engagement in New Zealand." Australian Journal of Political Science 39 (2004) 405-419. Proof.

Donovan, Todd, Janine A. Parry, Shaun Bowler. "O Other, Where Art Thou? Support for Multiparty Politics in the United States." Social Science Quarterly 86 (2005): [147]-159. Proof.

Donovan, Todd. Direct democracy as "super-precedent"? political constraints of citizen-initiated laws. Willamette law review 43 (2007): 191-234). Proof.

Donovan, Todd. A goal for reform: make elections worth stealing.  PS: Political science and politics, 2007. Proof.

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