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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.

Napolio’s research has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review; Journal of Historical Political Economy; Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy; Politics, Groups, and Identities; Political Science Research and Methods; and State Politics & Policy Quarterly.
Contact: napolio@usc.edu
Publications
[6] Napolio, Nicholas G. and Christian R. Grose. Forthcoming. “Crossing Over: Majority Party Control Affects Legislator Behavior and the Agenda.” American Political Science Review.
[5] Napolio. Nicholas G. Forthcoming. Implementing Presidential Particularism: Bureaucracy and the Distribution of Federal Grants.” Political Science Research and Methods.
[4] Napolio, Nicholas G., and Jordan Carr Peterson. 2021. “Institutional Foundations of the American Revolution: Legislative Politics in Colonial North America.” Journal of Historical Political Economy 1(2): 235-257.
[3] Napolio, Nicholas G. 2020. “Pork during Pandemics: Federal Spending and Public Health Crises.” Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy 1(4) 507-521.
[2] Napolio, Nicholas G., and Jordan Carr Peterson. 2019. “Their Boot in Our Face No Longer? Administrative Sectionalism and Resistance to Federal Authority in the U.S. South.” State Politics & Policy Quarterly 19(1): 101-122 .
– Covered by E&E News.
[1] Barreto, Amílcar Antonio, and Nicholas G. Napolio. 2019. “Bifurcating American National Identity: Partisanship, Sexual Orientation, and the 2016 Presidential Elections.” Politics, Groups, and Identities 8(1):143–159.

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