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Governance Salon: Donald Moynihan, Director, Lafollette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin

March 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Donald Moynihan, director and professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs at University of Wisconsin-Madison, will preview his new book, Hassles or Help: Compliance, Learning and Psychological Costs in the Administrative State. This talk develops the concept of administrative burden as an important variable in understanding how citizens experience the state. Administrative burden is conceptualized as a function of learning, psychological, and compliance costs in citizen-state interactions. Such burdens have a material effect on whether, and how, individuals receive public services, and in many cases are a function of deliberate political choice. The opaque nature of administrative burdens may facilitate their use as forms of “hidden politics,” where significant policy changes occur without broad political consideration. A variety of examples are used to establish a research agenda for administrative burdens in the field of public affairs.

Moynihan is former co-editor of Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and Public Administration Review and is president of the Public Management Research Association. In 2011, he was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration.

A native of Ireland, Moynihan completed his bachelor of arts degree in public administration at the University of Limerick, and his master’s and Ph.D. in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. 

Due to space limitations, registration required.


USC Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, Room 308
650 Childs Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
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