The faculty and students in the Department of Public Administration and Policy are making regular and important contributions to the field of public administration. In fact, the January 2005 issue of Journal of Public Affairs Education reported that the Department's graduate students published more articles in a key set of research journals than did students at any other university between 1993-2002.
Faculty research interests are varied; here is a brief listing of research interests by faculty member:
Public management, science and technology policy and higher education, public values and management, public organization theory, university research centers, scientists' career trajectories, organizational red tape and technological innovation and technology transfer.
- Health economic policy
- role of time preferences in decision making
- reproductive health policy
- impact of information on pharmaceutical markets
- behavioral economics
- econometric methodology.
Fiscal policy issues pertaining to state and local governments with an emphasis on taxation, revenue diversification, and urban economic development.
At the individual level Dr. Christensen is interested in the impact of antisocial and prosocial behaviors on public and nonprofit work groups and organizations. The former includes race and gender prejudice; the latter includes public service motivation, volunteerism, workplace philanthropy, and organization citizenship. At the institutional level he is interested in the relationship between courts (broadly public law) and public administration.
Health economic policy; maternal and child health; health and economic status.
Fiscal/budgetary institutions; State and local taxation; Intellectual development of public budgeting; Intergovernmental fiscal relations
Equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, civil service reform, incentive structures and productivity, job evaluation and compensation, public sector labor relations
Dr. Legge's major research interest over the past several years has concerned politics in Germany with a special emphasis on the relationship between Germans, Jews, and other minorities. Other research interests concern comparative public policies in the areas of population, privatization, and immigration. In addition, he has conducted research on the politics and sociology of American Jews and Judaism.
Policy implementation in complex institutional settings; the impact of public management on government performance; networks and public management; intergovernmental and interorganizational relations; and environmental, health, and educational policy and management.
Public Administration, Public Management and Organization Theory.
Dr. Wenger's research focuses on unemployment insurance policy and contingent employment. He is currently researching the relationship between job search and the provision of employer-provided health insurance. He is also pursuing research on the older workers and contingent employment. Previously he has examined the cyclical nature of temporary-services employment and part-time employment.
Bureaucratic politics, organization theory, political economy, and research methodology.
Poverty and Public Policy, Planning and Policy Development, Local Government Community and Economic Development.
Representative Bureaucracy; Gender, Representation, and Institutions; Bureaucratic Discretion; Human Resource Management; and Political Institutions
Co-production of Public Safety and Public Order; Community Policing Efforts within Racial and Ethnic Communities; Community-Oriented Governance; Racial Profiling; The Impact of Personal and Professional Life Experiences on the Actions and Inaction of Public Administrators
Dr. Brewer's current research interests include public sector reform, governmental performance, policy implementation, comparative administration, and bureaucratic accountability in democratic political systems.
applied econometrics, labor economics, economics of education
Economic evaluation of public health interventions, Quality of life assessment for vulnerable populations, Evaluating preferences for health risks, Violence, injury, and substance use prevention
scientific and health labor force, research methods, public health policy
macroeconomics, financial economics, international finance, and time series analysis
Administrative law; administrative ethics; southern history and politics; environmental law and politics
microeconomic policy-related questions, especially law and economics, crime, casino gambling, lotteries, gun control, sentencing, labor economics, education and merit-based aid.
Intimate partner violence, executive--board chair relations, grant proposal writing
labor markets, public finance
Current research interests focus on examining the relationship between politics and administration in democratic governments.
Behavior in large organizations