Nicholas G. Napolio
Nicholas G. Napolio studies American political institutions, especially bureaucratic and legislative politics. His dissertation, titled Executive Coalition Building: How Agencies Collaborate to Achieve Autonomy, is a book-length study of how and why federal agencies collaborate in the policymaking process. The main argument is that agencies collaborate strategically when facing opposition from Congress or the President in order to overcome attempts at oversight and other forms of top-down control. He combines large-n observational data with historical and contemporary case studies and original experimental work to test his theory and demonstrate his argument.