Bedrosian Center

Terry L. Cooper



The Maria B. Crutcher Professor in Citizenship and Democratic Values

Administrative ethics, administrative theory, citizen participation, neighborhood organizations, role of citizens

Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, 302


Dr. Cooper focuses his research on citizen participation and ethics in government. Currently, Professor Cooper is on the co-principal investigators in the USC Neighborhood Participation Project. There, he conducts research on the role of neighborhood organizations in the City of Los Angeles through the newly established system of neighborhood councils. He also provides leadership as director of the Civic Engagement Initiative at USC.

He is author of The Responsible Administrator: An Approach to Ethics for the Administrative Role (4th ed., Jossey-Boss, 1998) and An Ethic of Citizenship for Public Administration (Prentice Hall, 1991). Dr. Cooper’s articles have appeared in numerous journals, including:  Public Administration Review, Administration and Society, Administrative Theory & Praxis, and International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior. He serves on the editorial board of The American Review of Public Administration. Professor Cooper is the editor of the Exemplars Profiles series in the journal Public Integrity.

Dr. Cooper was inducted as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2010. Cooper has won several awards for his including the Presidential Citation of Merit form the American Society for Public Administration and the Fulbright Lecturing and Research Grant. He earned his Ph. D. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California, a M.Th. from the School of Theology at Claremont, and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Cooper, T., “Citizen Driven Administration: Civic Engagement in the United States,” in Don Menzel and Harvey White, eds.; The State of Public Administration: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe; 2011

Cooper, T. , “Building Ethical Community” ; The American Review of Public Administration 41 (1): 3-22 ; 2011

Musso, J., C. Weare, T. Bryer, and T. Cooper, “Toward ‘Strong Democracy’ in Global Cities? Social Capital Building, Action Research, and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Experience.” Public Administration Review 71 (1): 102–111; 2011

Cooper, T. Chinese edition of The Responsible Administrator: an Approach to Ethics for the Administrative Role, 5th edition (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006); Published by Renmin University Press; 2010

Cooper, T., “Administrative Responsibility: The Key to Administrative Ethics” in James L. Perry, (ed.); The Jossey-Bass Reader on Nonprofit and Public Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 305-331; 2010

Cooper, T.L. with A. Bryer and J.W. Meek, “Outcomes Achieved through Citizen-Centered Collaborative Public Management”; Big Ideas in Collaborative Public Management; R. O’Leary and L. Bingham (Eds.); 2008

Cooper, T.L., with P.C. Kathi and J.W. Meek, “Role of the University as a Mediating Institution in Neighborhood Council-City Agency Collaboration”; Journal of Public Affairs Education; 2007

Cooper, T.L., “William Robertson: Exemplar of Politics and Public Management Rightly Understood,” with Thomas Bryer; Public Administration Review, 67; 2007

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