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Name: Kurt Thurmaier
Title: Professor/Director Public Administration
Department: Public Administration
Office Phone: 815.753.0311
Home Phone: 815.901.0393
E-mail: kthur@niu.edu
Expertise: Professor Thurmaier received his B. and MPPA. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his PhD from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. He was assistant and associate professor at the University of Kansas before becoming MPA director at Iowa State University, 2002-2005. His research and teaching interests include budgetary decision making at the local and state levels in the U.S. and other countries, comparative public administration (especially fiscal decentralization), intergovernmental relations, and e-government. His most recent work has focused on city-county consolidations and inter-local agreements among cities and counties, as well as financing state and local e-government. He has served as a consultant and researcher with ICMA, HIID, and several local governments. He is a lifetime member of the American Society for Public Administration, and has served as chair of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management. He presently serves on the editorial board of Public Administration Review. Work in Progress: Promises Made, Promises Kept? Examining the Performance of City-County Consolidations (working title), Suzanne Leland and Kurt Thurmaier, eds. This project is a sequel to our recent book on city-county consolidations in the US. Using the same rigorous comparative case study design, we will coordinate multiple authors and write a comparative analysis to answer the major questions that remain to be answered about city-county consolidations: [1] does the consolidation live up to its promise? [2] does the consolidation provide more efficient government than its comparison city and county? [3] does the consolidation provide more efficient government than its comparison city and county? Courses taught: Public Budgeting and Financial Management Public Management in a Globalized Environment The Politics of Public Budgeting Theory and Analysis in Public Administration Teaching Political Science and Public Administration
Topics: Cities and Metropolitan RegionsPublic Administration
Last Updated: 6/25/2012