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Chair, Professor
Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise 
American Politics and Public Administration and Public Policy
Courses Taught 
American National Government
Public Policy
Public Administration
Congress and the Legislative Branch
Reaserch Methods in Political Science
Research Interests 
My teaching and research focus on American Politics and Public Administration. While my research also falls within these two broad areas, its themes are more specific. For several years, I have been interested in the impact of delegation on public policy. That is, how is policy influenced by the relationship between Congress and the bureaucracy or Congress and the States? More recently, I have been also looking at the impact of campaigns on elections, and particularly at the impact of campaign appearances.
Education 

Ph.D. University of Rochester, Political Science,
M.A. S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, Political ScienceBProgram in Public Policy,
A.B. Cornell University, Psychology.
 

Selected Publications 

AStump Speeches and Road Trips: The Impact of State Campaign Visits in Presidential Elections.@ PS: Political Science & Politics, 43 (2), April 2010 (with Elaine Rodriquez and Amanda Wooden).

AWho Will Be the Assessment Champion? And Other Conditions for a Culture of Assessment” in Assessment in Political Science edited by Michelle D. Deardorff et al, Washington, DC: American Political Science Association, State of the Profession Series, 2009 (with Charles R. Pastors).

ADeveloping a Culture of Assessment: Insights from Theory and Experience." Journal of Political Science Education 1 (1): 29-37, 2005.

Also published in Journal of Political Science Education (Preview Issue): 29-37, 2005.

ACongress, the President, and the Unrealized Bargaining Power of the Line-Item Veto--A Brief Note on a Short-Lived Law@ in Congress on Display, Congress at Work, edited by William Bianco. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000 (with Patrick Fett and the assistance of Richard Delaney).

Book Review: The Political Institution of Private Property, by Itai Sened. American Political Science Review 94 (1): 179-180, 2000.

"Democratic Accountability and Governmental Innovation in the Use of Non-Profit Organizations." Policy Studies Review 14(Spring/Summer): 137-148, 1995 (with Scott Gates).

"The Irony of Delegation, Interstate Compacts, and Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal." Journal of Politics: 57 (2): 344-369, 1995 (with Carol Weissert).

"The Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compacts: Lessons Learned from Theory and Practice." Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 24(Fall): 27-43, 1994 (with Carol Weissert).

"The Decline of Private Bills: Resource Allocation, Credit-Claiming, and the Decision to Delegate." American Journal of Political Science, 37(4): 1008-1031, 1993 (with Kenneth C. Williams).

"Deference or Preference?: Explaining Senate Confirmation of Presidential Nominees to Administrative Agencies." Journal of Theoretical Politics, 5(1): 23-59, 1993 (with Thomas Hammond).

"Constraining Administrative Decisions: A Critical Examination of the Structure and Process Hypothesis." Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 7(2): 373-400, 1991 (with James Brazier).

Reprinted in The Economics of Administrative Law, edited by Susan Rose-Ackerman. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2007.
"Why So Much Stability? The Impact of Agency Determined Stability." Public Choice, 77(3): 275-287, 1985.

"The Impact of Multimember Districts on Party Representation in U.S. State Legislatures." Legislative Studies Quarterly, 10(4): 441-455, 1985 (with Richard Niemi and Bernard Grofman).

"Deciding to Privatize." In Focus on Michigan's Future: Trends and Perspectives. East Lansing: Michigan State University Extension, October, 1992.

Economic Redevelopment Plan for Sag Harbor, New York. Suffolk Community Development Corporation, Coram, New York, 1981, (with Elaine Weiss).

 

Background 

My teaching and research focus on American Politics and Public Administration. While my research also falls within these two broad areas, its themes are more specific. For several years, I have been interested in the impact of delegation on public policy. That is, how is policy influenced by the relationship between Congress and the bureaucracy or Congress and the States? More recently, I have been also looking at the impact of campaigns on elections, and particularly at the impact of campaign appearances.
 

 

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