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Daniel Bliss

Daniel Bliss

Assistant Professor of Political Science







SH 116E


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Political Science (subfields urban and comparative politics) (2011)
M.A., University of Iowa, Journalism (1994)
B.A., Grinnell College, History (1992)

Research Interests 

Economic and community development
State, local and urban government
Impact of regional cooperation among local governments on economic development
Impact of state and national politics on local governments' delivery of public policy


Daniel Bliss is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, specializing in urban and comparative politics and focusing on the effects of globalization as well as economic and community development and local government, and was selected for the University of Illinois Dean's Scholar Award. He was also selected for the American Political Science Association's best dissertation award in urban politics for 2011/2012. The core of his research involves studying the extent to which institutional and organizational reform in state and local government can help citizens to achieve desired policies and outcomes. Prior to coming to IIT, he served as an instructor at UIC, teaching graduate courses in public administration and undergraduate courses in political science. Additionally, in 2007-08, he worked at the Government Finance Officers Association in Chicago, researching reform efforts such as change management and financial planning for local governments.

Selected Publications 

Working Papers

"Upending the growth machine? Politics, Events and Economic Development Spending — The Case of Minnesota in the Great Recession." Presented at the Urban Affairs Association annual meeting, 2013, San Francisco, CA. 

"Political Power versus Financial Circumstance – Economic Development Policy in Rural Middle America." Presented at the American Political Science Association annual meeting, 2013, Chicago, IL. 

"States, Cities and the Marketplace of Municipal Economic Development Policy: How Institutions Shape Public Subsidies to Business." Presented at the American Political Science Association annual meeting, Seattle, WA (2011).

"The flypaper effect in forward and reverse: how missing local government aid affects municipal spending on community development and infrastructure." Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL (2012).

"Economic Development on Scant Resources; Why Small Towns Contain a Lesson for All", Urban Affairs Association annual meeting, New Orleans, LA (2011)


"Walking On Water: A Look Back at Rita and Katrina", Government Finance Review, Vol. 23 No. 5 (2007)

An invited publication, "Building More Effective Delivery of Economic Development Projects", served as the lead article in the February 2012 edition of Government Finance Review, the journal of the Government Finance Officers Association. This edition of GFR was devoted to a focus on economic development solutions.