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Christopher Weare


Research Associate Professor

Public policy, civic engagement, municipal governance

USC Price School in Sacramento

Dr. Weare is deputy director of the Civic Engagement Initiative and Research Associate Professor within the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. He is also a principal investigator with the Neighborhood Participation Project. With Juliet Musso, he heads the Neighborhood Council Evaluation Project, which examines the implementation of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council system over a period of seven years. Dr. Weare employs social network analysis to examine how voluntary associations join communities together and connect them to organs of governance. He also studies the development and impacts of e-government. Before joining SPPD, he was a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.

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Selected Publications

Dr. Weare holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Musso, J.A., C. Weare, T. Bryer, and T. Cooper, “Toward ‘Strong’ Democracy? Social Capital Building, Action Research, and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Experience”; Public Administration Review; 2011

Jun, K. and C. Weare, “Institutional Motivations in the Adoption of Innovations: The Case of E-government”; Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory; 2010

Weare, C. and K. Jun. The Adoption of Municipal Websites; on Efficiency, Power, and Legitimacy; 2008

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