My research activities are motivated by my long-standing interests in the study of Organizational Theory, American Political Institutions, Political Economics, Policy Making, and Decision-Making Behavior in a variety of contexts. This eclectic set of interests underscore my central aim of arriving at basic insights regarding both democratic governance and performance. Listed below are the core topics that have largely defined the parameters of my scholarly interests during my academic career:
- Organizational behavior, arrangements, and mechanism design both within and across government institutions (public bureaucracies, executive and legislative branches).
- Understanding both the role and distribution of executive authority relating to administrative policymaking within U.S. federal and state governments.
- Centralization of fiscal and budgetary policymaking, and administrative organizations within separation of powers systems.
- Decision-making processes in the realm of both mass publics and governments.
Current projects that fit under these parameters include analyses of both the political and organizational sources of administrative problems associated with the management of unemployment insurance programs by U.S. state governments (with Ji-Hyeun Hong, University of Georgia); measurement and analysis of U.S. federal agency performance (with David E. Lewis, Vanderbilt University); analyses of U.S. federal executive appointments within a separation of powers context (with Gary E. Hollibaugh, Jr. University of Pittsburgh; Jason S. Byers, University of Connecticut); and applying status-group power dependence theory to understand how to improve the fostering of diversity and inclusion within U.S. federal government agencies (Jungyeon Park, National University of Singapore [Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Affairs]).