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About John E Owens

John E. Owens is Professor of United States Government and Politics in the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster and a Faculty Fellow in the Centre for Congressional and Presidential Studies at the American University in Washington, DC and the Institute for the Study of the Americas in the University of London's School of Advanced Study. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and a former Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution.
Author of over 40 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals and book chapters as well as the co-author or co-editor of several books on congressional-presidential relations, the United States Congress, and comparative legislative politics.
His new, coedited book, The "War on Terror" and the Growth of Executive Power? A Comparative Analysis, coedited with Riccardo Pelizzo of Griffith University will be published by Routledge in 2010. He and Riccardo Pelizzo recently coedited a Special Issue of The Journal of Legislative Studies, which was published in July 2009.
In June 2008, Professor Owens coedited with John Dumbrell of Durham University America’s “War” on Terrorism: New Dimensions in United States Government and Foreign Policy, which was published by Lexington in 2008.


Present Associate Editor, Politics & Policy, Policy Studies Organization
Present Professor of United States Government and Politics, University of Westminster/American University
Present The Centre for the Study of Democracy/Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, University of Westminster/American University

Research Interests

Governance, US Congress and the presidency, Congressional politics, Law and policy, and Legislative behaviour

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Contact Information

32-38 Wells Street
London, W1T 3UW, United Kingdom
and School of Public Affairs
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC

Executive-legislative relations and the War on Terror (4)

Comparative legislatures (1)

Barack Obama, 111th Congress, war on terror, crisis; financial crisis (2)

US War on Terror (1)

Political Leadership (1)

Congress and the Presidency (1)

Obama Presidency-Congressional Relations (1)