Eric D. Raile

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2008


Public policy and administration, research methods, comparative politics and development, international organizations

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Current Courses:

PSCI 220 - Intro to Comparative Politics
PSCI 337 - Model United Nations
PSCI 407 - Public Policy Analysis
PSCI 423 - Politics of Development
PSCI 551 - Research Methods for Public Administrators

Research Agenda:

Political will and public will; environmental perceptions, policies, and politics; public ethics and corruption; security perceptions and human security; coalition politics and accountability

Contact Info

Phone: (406) 994-5239


Educational Background

Ph.D., Political Science, Michigan State University, 2008
Major areas: Comparative Politics, Public Policy

B.A., Political Science & Spanish, Concordia College-Moorhead, MN, 2000


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Montana State University, Bozeman (2015-present)
  • Director, Human Ecology Learning & Problem Solving (HELPS) Lab, Montana State University, Bozeman (2014-present)
  • Assistant Research Professor, Department of Political Science, Montana State University, Bozeman (2013-present)
  • Assistant Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science, Montana State University, Bozeman (2012-2013)
  • Intergovernmental Programs Advisor, U.S. Office of Government Ethics (2003-2013)
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of Criminal Justice & Political Science, North Dakota State University (2008-2012)
  • Teaching and Research Assistant, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University (2003-2008)
  • Intergovernmental Programs Analyst, U.S. Office of Government Ethics (2001-2003)
  • Management Analyst, U.S. Office of Government Ethics (2000-2001)

Professional Activities

Multilateral Processes
Dr. Raile has served as an expert for the U.S. government in international processes related to corruption prevention and public ethics. This work has been conducted under the auspices of multilateral organizations such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the United Nations. His research has also been presented to the World Bank.

Dr. Raile has reviewed manuscripts for prestigious academic journals such as American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, and Comparative Political Studies.

News Media
Dr. Raile has contributed to news media stories in outlets such as USA Today, ABC News, Real Clear Politics, and Congressional Quarterly/Roll Call.


Research Agenda:

The overarching aim of my research program is to increase knowledge about ways to improve governance and accountability, which are often crucial to development and prosperity in societies. Governments can operate in ways that are more or less responsive to certain constituencies and in ways that are more or less effective, transparent, and free of conflicting interests. Thus far, my research has followed three related lines: political and public will, public ethics and anticorruption mechanisms, and government responses to perceptions of security.

The research on political and public will has taken two tracks. The first has focused on using the conceptual variables of political will and public will to examine support for social change initiatives. A second track has focused on the exchange mechanisms in the Brazilian national government used to build political support for government proposals, including examination of the institutional incentives for corruption.

The research line on public ethics and anticorruption mechanisms has focused on areas such as ethical climate, codes of ethical conduct, and financial disclosure systems in the public sector.

The applied goal of the research line on perceptions of security is for governments to address perceived sources of insecurity more effectively and in a more accountable manner. This research builds on the concept of human security and in particular on how populations view both assets and vulnerabilities. A number of ongoing research projects deal with perceptions related to the climate, agriculture, and the environment, as well as political and public will for change initiatives in these issue areas.


My research and work have received funding support from government agencies that include the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the National Institutes of Health.


I serve as the initial director of the Human Ecology Learning & Problem Solving Lab, which is a fee-for-service facility at Montana State University-Bozeman that enables the collection of high-quality data for researchers using a variety of social and behavioral methods.


Eric D. Raile, Amber N. W. Raile, Charles T. Salmon, and Lori Ann Post. 2014. “Defining Public Will.” Politics & Policy 42 (1): 103-30.

Eric D. Raile. 2013. “Building Ethical Capital: Perceptions of Ethical Climate in the Public Sector.” Public Administration Review 73 (2): 253-62.

Eric D. Raile, Carlos Pereira, and Timothy J. Power. 2011. “The Executive Toolbox: Building Legislative Support in a Multiparty Presidential Regime.” Political Research Quarterly 64 (2): 323-34.

Carlos Pereira, Timothy J. Power, and Eric D. Raile. 2011. “Presidentialism, Coalitions, and Accountability.” Corruption and Democracy in Brazil: The Struggle for Accountability, eds. Timothy J. Power and Matthew M. Taylor. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 31-55.

Lori Ann Post, Amber N. W. Raile, and Eric D. Raile. 2010. “Defining Political Will.” Politics & Policy 38 (4): 653-76.