L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Nelson Wickman

Nelson Wikstrom

Professor emeritus

Email: nwikstro@vcu.edu


  • Vertical and horizontal intergovernmental relations
  • Government and politics of metropolitan areas


B.A., Northeastern University
M.A., University of Connecticut
Ph.D., University of Connecticut


Federalism and intergovernmental relations, state and local government and politics

Research interests

Vertical and horizontal intergovernmental relations, government and politics of metropolitan areas


Wikstrom has been the recipient of many awards and honors and has received several research grants. He is the author of numerous published papers and books and is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Alpha Theta and Phi Kappa Phi.

Selected publications

American Intergovernmental Relations: A Fragmented Federal Polity. Oxford University Press (2006). With G. Ross Stephens.

County Manager Government in Henrico County: Implementation, Evolution, and Evaluation (2003).

Metropolitan Government and Governance: Theoretical Perspectives, Empirical Analysis, and the Future. Oxford University Press. With G. Ross Stephens.

The Political World of a Small Town: A Mirror Image of American Politics (1993).

Councils of Governments: A study of political incrementalism. Burnham, Munger & Root (1977).