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Craig Svoboda Maher

Public budgeting and financial management

Office:
IA 214
(815) 753-6140
csmaher@niu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Overview of Scholarly Activity

Professor Craig S. Maher teaches graduate-level courses in public budgeting and financial management in the Division of Public Administration.  His primary research interests include public finance with emphases in fiscal federalism, fiscal condition and K-12 finance.  Recent publications where his work can be found include: Public Finance Review, Public Budgeting and Finance, Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, Publius, International Journal of Public Administration and the Marquette Law Review.  In 2011, Professor Maher received the Alberta S. Kimball Endowed Professor award from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for his research on municipal finance.  Professor Maher has served on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Public Administration’s (ASPA) Section on Public Performance and Management, the National League of Cities and Urban Institute’s Advisory Legislating-for-Results Advisory Committee and the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) service efforts and accomplishments (SEA) Task Force.  He was also appointed to Wisconsin Governor Doyle’s Task Force on Milwaukee County Finances.  

Selected Publications

Stallman, Judith, Steven Deller, Lindsay Amiel and Craig Maher. Forthcoming. “Tax Expenditure Limitations and State Credit Ratings.  Public Finance Review.

Craig S. Maher and Steven C. Deller, Fall, 2011. “Measuring Municipal Fiscal Condition: Do Objective Measures of Fiscal Health Relate to Subjective Measures?” Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, 23(3) 427-450. 

Craig S. Maher, Steven C Deller and Lindsay Amiel , Summer 2011. “Property Tax Limits and Fiscal Burdens: The Role of Organization Structure.” Public Administration Quarterly, Vol. 35 No. 2. 

Craig S. Maher and Mark L. Skidmore. 2009. “Voter Responses to Referenda Seeking to Exceed Revenue Limits.” Public Budgeting and Finance, 29(2) 71-93.

Deller, Steven C. and Craig S. Maher. 2009. “Is the Treatment of Intergovernmental Aid Symmetric?” Applied Economics Letters, 16(4) 331-335.

Maher, Craig S. and Mark L. Skidmore. 2008.  “Changing Education Finance Policy, School Referenda Activity, and Success Rates.”  Public Finance Review, 36(4) 431-455.  

Deller, Steven C. and Craig S. Maher.  2006, “A Model of Asymmetries in the Flypaper Effect,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 36 (2): 213-229.

Deller, Steven C. and Craig S. Maher.  2005, “Categorical Municipal Expenditures with a Focus on the Flypaper Effect,” Public Budgeting and Finance; a publication of the American Society of Public Administration,  25(3): 73-90.

Book Chapters

Maher, Craig S. and Steven C. Deller, 2013. “Measuring the Impact of TELs on Municipal Financial Condition” in Handbook of Local Government Fiscal Health, eds. Jonathan Justice, Helisse Levine, Eric Scorsone. Jones and Bartlett publisher. pp. 405-430.

Maher, Craig S. 2010. “The Republic of Ghana: A Success Story?” In Comparative Budgeting: A Global Perspective, ed. Charles Menifield. 

Maher, Craig S. and Craig D. Kammholz. 2008.  “Forecasting Local Revenues and Expenditures.”  In Handbook of Government Budget Forecasting, eds. Professors Jinping Sun and Tom Lynch, Taylor and Francis Pub.