David Houghton

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David G. Houghton
Associate Professor of Political Science and Capital Intern Program Administrator
(269) 387-5688
(269) 387-4930
3424 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5346
Mailing address: 
Department of Political Science
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5346 USA
  • University of Colorado-Boulder, 1974
Teaching interests: 
  • Grants
  • Intergovernmental relations
  • State and local government
  • Urban policies
Research interests: 
  • Metropolitan reorganization
  • Regional forms of government
  • State constitutions

Dr. David Houghton, associate professor of political science at Western Michigan University, focuses on various forms of citizen participation at the local level and the factors that hinder or facilitate that participation. Citizen advisory boards, citizen slating organizations, and nonpartisan and partisan elections are among some of the participation modes studied. Field observation and surveys are frequently employed to gather data.