PIPE Collaborative: Jordan Carr Peterson, PhD student, USC

September 26, 2017

“Private Interests in American Public Institutions”

Much of my current research, including my dissertation, focuses on the role played by public officials’ private financial and investment choices in their policy decisions. For instance, I consider whether and by what means bureaucrats and judges make regulatory and adjudicatory decisions based on the extent to which they are personally exposed to the financial wellbeing of regulated industries or litigant firms.

In general, Jordan’s research considers critically the origins and scope of the discretion afforded public officials, whether elected or unelected, and how this discretion impacts policy implementation. Likewise, his work has clear implications regarding how elite decision-making drives income inequality, and how institutional design expands the scope of industry influence over public officials’ policy choices.

He has earned degrees from University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2012. Book Award, Advanced Constitutional Law; University of Southern California, B.A., German literature, magna cum laude, 2008. Currently, he is a Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science (expected May 2018) at University of Southern California.