Juliet Ann Musso

Associate Professor
Houston Flournoy Professor of State Government

Ph.D. in Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley

USC Price in Sacramento




Federalism, urban political economy, fiscal policy, community governance, neighborhood organizations

Dr. Juliet Musso holds the Houston Flournoy Professor of State Government at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She has expertise in federalism and urban political economy, with specific research interests in intergovernmental fiscal policy, state and local institutional reform, and collaborative governance. She has published on state budgeting and intergovernmental finance, the political economy of municipal incorporation, and neighborhood governance in the City of Los Angeles. Other current research topics include local government use of advanced telecommunications technologies and intergovernmental fiscal capacity in the Southern California region.


Musso, J., & Weare, C. (2015). From Participatory Reform to Social Capital: Micro‐Motives and the Macro‐Structure of Civil Society Networks. Public Administration Review, 75(1), 150-164.

Jun, K., & Musso, J. (2013). Participatory Governance and the Spatial Representation of Neighborhood Issues. Urban Affairs Review, 49(1), 71-110.

Musso, J. (2012). Everyday Los Angeles. In D. Sloane (Ed.), Planning Los Angeles (pp. 53). Chicago: American Planning Association Press.

Musso, J., Weare, C.Cooper, T. L., & Bryer, T. A. (2012). Toward ‘Strong Democracy’ in Global Cities? Social Capital Building, Action Research, and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Experience. In R. Durant, & J. Durant (Eds.), Debating Public Administration: Management Challenges, Choices, and Opportunities (pp. 89). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Musso, J., Weare, C., Bryer, T. A., & Cooper, T. L. (2011). Toward “Strong Democracy” In Global Cities? Social Capital Building, Theory-Driven Reform, And The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Experience. Public Administration Review, 71(1), 102-111.

Musso, J., Graddy, E. A., & Grizard, J. (2008). Budgetary Arrangements in the Fifty States: In Search of Model Practices. In E. A. Graddy, E. Garrett & H. Jackson (Eds.), Fiscal Challenges: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Budget Policy (pp. 251). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Musso, J. (2007). Community Networks and Power in Los Angeles: Implementation of Neighborhood Governance Reform. In G. Gjelstrup, & E. Sorenson (Eds.), Public Administration in Transition: Theory, Practice, Methodology (pp. 247). Copenhagen, Denmark: Djoef Publishing.