347 Schaeffer Hall
Spring 2017 Office Hours
Tue & Th: 4:45-6:15
Dept of Political Science
341 Schaeffer Hall
20 E. Washington Street
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
New book, Iowa Votes, published for Kindle devices and computers with Kindle reader.
Iowa Voting Series Paper 11: This paper examines early voting in Johnson County, updated with 2016 data.
Posted New book in What I'm Reading.
Iowa Voting Series Paper 8: This paper estimates the distribution of No Party votes in general elections, data now from 1982 to 2016.
Posted Book info for Fall 2017 courses.
Iowa Voting Series Paper 7
This paper looks at voter distributions by party, age group, and sex, data now from 1982 to 2016.
Iowa Voting Series Paper 6 This paper looks at absentee voting by party, age group, and sex, data now from 1988 to 2016.
Iowa Voting Series Paper 5 This paper looks at voter turnout by sex, age group, and party, data now from 1982 to 2016.
Posted Fall 2016 teaching evaluations.
Note: Unfortunately this course has been cancelled for Spring 2016.
Note: Beginning in Spring 2016 the old title for this course changed to Administrative Politics and Policy. Some older materials here will still refer to the course by its old title.
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of public sector administrative agencies. Specifically, we will examine the structure of large scale formal organizations, efforts to rationalize decision making within them, bureaucrats who work in them, interest groups, political parties, and public officials who seek to control or influence them, and their output in terms of public policies. The course will also introduce students to traditional public administration topics including: budgeting, personnel, professions, and executive leadership.
I had not taught this course for several years (prior to 2009), but after my experience at the Department of Justice I thought it was a good time to do so again. I also used the opportunity to redesign the course. In general, we will use a main textbook along with articles and other information that I will make available via the web or ICON. See the most recent syllabus for specifics, but grading will be based on several quizzes, one or two papers and class discussion.
I see this course as being appropriate for students at the sophomore level and up.