Bowler received his Ph.D. in political science in 1988 at Washington University, St. Louis.
Professor Bowler is the author of Demanding Choices: Opinion Voting and Direct Democracy, with Todd Donovan, University of Michigan Press (1998). He has also published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and American Politics Quarterly.
On Schwarzenegger Legacy
With the approach of the end of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s term as California’s Governor, Professor Bowler can look back and talk about the legacy of the actor-turned-Governor. Brought to the office in a recall election that was more show business than politics, Schwarzenegger found himself constrained by the state’s own structures. Bowler studies how voters sometimes make a “strategic” choice for a third-party candidate in the primary even if they will vote for a major party candidate in the general election. The co-author of Demanding Choices: Opinions and Voting in Direct Democracy, Bowler has studied elections all over the world. He analyzes the effect of third party candidates on elections.