Montana State University

Department of Political Science

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172240
Bozeman, MT 59717-2240

Tel: (406) 994-4141
Fax: (406) 994-6692
Location: 2-143 Wilson Hall

Department Head

Linda Young

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Eric Raile, Assistant Research Professor

Eric Raile
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2008

Research agenda: Political will and public will, public ethics and corruption, perceptions of security




Educational Background

Ph.D., Political Science, Michigan State University, 2008
Major areas:  comparative politics, public policy

Doctoral Dissertation - “The Microfoundations of Security and Implications for Governance.” Brian Silver, advisor.           

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


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 & Publications

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.

Selected Publications:

Refereed Journal Articles

Eric D. Raile, Amber N. W. Raile, Charles T. Salmon, and Lori Ann Post. [2014]. “Defining Public Will.” Politics & Policy.

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.

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

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

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.

Other Publications and Research Documents

Eric D. Raile. 2011. “Financial/Asset Disclosure in APEC Economies: Standards and Practices.” Published on U.S. Office of Government Ethics website (

Carlos Pereira, Timothy Power, and Eric Raile. 2010. “Presidencialismo de Coalizão e Recompensas Paralelas: Explicando o Escândalo de Mensalão.” In Legislativo Brasileiro em Perspectiva Comparada, eds. Magna Inacio and Lucio Rennó. Minas Gerais, Brazil:  Minas Gerais University Press, 207-34.

Jane S. Ley and Eric D. Raile. 2008. “Personal Financial Disclosure: Building Confidence in Governance.” Annals: IV Global Forum on Fighting Corruption. Brasilia, Brazil: Office of the Comptroller General of Brazil, 399-406.

Eric Raile. 2004. “Managing Conflicts of Interest in the Americas: A Comparative Review.” Published on Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) website (