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Current Research

Recently published books:

Alternative Service Collaborative strategies

Local Government Innovation Research

The department has recently launched a research program in innovation in local governments. This program examines the critical success factors for innovations with a focus on management.

Recent Publications

  • Deslatte, Aaron,  Richard Feiock and William L. Swann. 2016 “Three Sides of the Same Coin? A Bayesian Analysis of Strategic Management, Comprehensive Planning and Inclusionary Motives in Land Use,” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
  • Deslatte, Aaron,  Galen Treuer, Elizabeth Koebele, Kathleen Ernst, Margaret Garcia and Kim Manago. 2016. A narrative approach to analyzing transitions in urban water management: The case of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department," Water Resources Research.
  • Deslatte, Aaron, Antonio Tavares and Richard Feiock .2016. "Policy of Delay: Evidence from a Bayesian Analysis of Metropolitan Land-Use Choices," Policy Studies Journal).
  • Deslatte, Aaron. 2016. “Of Boundaries and Speed Bumps: The Role of Modernized Counties Managing Growth in the Fragmented Metropolis,” Urban Affairs Review.

Public Budgeting and Financial Management

Faculty are involved in a wide range of research projects on various aspects of public budgeting and financial management, including fiscal aspects of collaboration, fiscal decentralization in Thailand, and curricula for public budgeting and financial management specializations.

Recent Publications

  • Mitchell, David, and Kurt Thurmaier. 2016. "(Re)Defining the Disarticulated Municipality: Budget Accountability for Networked Governance." Public Budgeting & Finance 36(1): 47-67

Local Government Research

Recent Publications

  • Deslatte, Aaron, Chris Weible, Tonya Heikkila, Richard Feiock, David Carter & Cali Curley. 2016. "Capturing Structural and Functional Diversity Through Institutional Analysis: The Mayor Position in City Charters," Urban Affairs Review.
  • Zeemering, Eric S. 2016. What are the challenges of multilevel governance for urban sustainability? Evidence from Ottawa and Canada’s national capital region. Canadian Public Administration 59 (2): 204-223.
  • Hyde, Albert C., and Eric S. Zeemering. 2016. Overpaid? Public service delivery and city manager compensation in California. Public Personnel Management 45 (2): 190-212.
  • Deslatte, Aaron and William Swann . 2015 "Is the Price Right? Gauging the Marketplace for Local Sustainable Policy Tools," Journal of Urban Affairs.
  • Deslatte, Aaron. 2015. “Re-Assessing City Limits in Urban Public Policy,” Policy Studies Journal.
  • Leland, Suzanne and Kurt Thurmaier, (2014) “Political and Functional Local Government Consolidation: The Challenges for Core Public Administration Values and Regional Reform,” American Review of Public Administration, 44 (4): 29s-46s.
  • Schatteman, A. (2014) “Academics Meets Action: Community Engagement Motivations, Benefits and Constraints”  Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education.
  • Thurmaier, Kurt, ed. Alternative Service Delivery: Readiness Check , ICMA Press (EBook), 2014

Public Management Collaboration and Network Research

This research program studies the ways in which organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors can work together to provide better public services. Public service production and delivery collaborative arrangements and networks are the focus.

Recent Publications

  • Zeemering, Eric. 2016. Assessing local elected officials’ concerns about interlocal agreements. Urban Studies 53 (11): 2347-2362.
  • Zeemering, Eric S. 2014. Collaborative strategies for sustainable cities: Economy, environment and community in Baltimore. New York: Routledge.
  • Zeemering, Eric S. 2014. International connections for local government sustainability initiatives:  Networks linking Detroit and Windsor. Journal of Urban Affairs 36 (1): 119-140. 

Non-Profit Management Research

Recent Publications

  • Schatteman, A. and Bingle, Ben (2015) “Philanthropy Supporting Public Agencies: An Analysis of Local Library Funding”, Journal of Nonprofit and Public Affairs