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James Svara

James Svara
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Professor, School of Public Affairs, College of Public Service & Community Solutions

School of Public Affairs
Arizona State University
411 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004-3720

Dr. Svara studies leadership in local government and the relationship of elected officials and administrators, the formal structure of government and how it affects process and outcomes, the ethics of public officials, innovation in local government, and sustainability practices in local governments.


Svara, J. H. 2011. The Early Stage of Local Government Action to Promote Sustainability, Pp. 43-60 in The Municipal Year Book 2011. ICMA. Washington.

Svara, J. H., A. Read, and E. Moulder. 2011. Breaking New Ground: Promoting Environmental and Energy Programs in Local Government. IBM Center for the Business of Government, 2011.

PhD, Political Science, Yale University, 1972

MA, International Relations, Yale University, 1969

BA, History, University of Kentucky, 1965