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David  Shock, Ph.D. - Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw, GA, US

David Shock, Ph.D. David  Shock, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science | Kennesaw State University


Professor Shock conducts research in a variety of areas including local government home rule and local tax referenda politics.





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Kennesaw State political scientists weigh in on the 2012 Presidential election



Dr. Shock is a professor of Political Science at Kennesaw State University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 2002 from Miami University. Shock teaches courses on American government, state and local government, and public administration. In addition to teaching, he conducts research in a variety of areas including local government home rule, local tax referenda politics, and state-level ballot access policies for third party and independent candidates. His research has been published in the Social Science Journal, the Journal of Political Science, Government Finance Review, the New England Journal of Political Science, and Politics & Policy.

Industry Expertise (4)

Education/Learning Political Organization Government Administration Public Policy

Areas of Expertise (9)

Social Science Political Policy Government Finance Local Tax Referendum Politics Public Administration State ballots American Government State and Local Government Elections

Education (1)

Miami University: Ph.D., Political Science 2002

Affiliations (1)

  • City of Kennesaw Art and Culture Commission

Recent Papers (3)

The significance of opposition entrepreneurs on local sales tax referendum outcomes Politics and Policy


This article assesses the impact of “opposition entrepreneurs” on affirmative vote percentages for special purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) proposals in counties of the Metropolitan Atlanta region. The main question addressed is how does the presence ...

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Assessing Organized Interests' Activities in Sales Tax Referenda in Cobb County, Georgia Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper


During the 1980s and 1990s, the State of Georgia authorized counties and school districts to levy a one percent sales tax for capital infrastructure projects. This paper conducts a series of case studies focusing on the activities of organized interests in support of and ...

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Capital Budgets: The Building Blocks for Government Infrastructure Kennesaw State University


This article offers information on capital budgets and its process. Capital budgets refer to budgets used to allocate funds for physical assets that will be acquired, renovated and rehabilitated. Before developing a capital budget, its infrastructure needs must be assessed by a jurisdiction. This must be followed by identification and prioritization of projects to be included in the capital improvement program. It is important for the government to develop a financial plan.

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