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How You Work or Why? The Persistence of Altruistic Work Efforts as a Function of Mission Match—a Real-Effort Experiment

Bedrosian Center Research Seminar The Bedrosian Center funds several grants for USC Price faculty research on governance issues. Preference for the awards is given to research focused on collaborative governance, relationships between governance and planning, and government accountability issues. As a condition of the grant, each principal investigator is asked Read more…

Improving Urban Governance

Policies such as community benefits agreements (CBAs) and project labor agreements (PLAs) have recently proliferated in urban governance. These community development agreements similarly attempt to leverage urban growth and public participation within the development process to promote community development (Saito & Truong, 2014).

Transparency and the Federal Election Commission

Does transparency enhance the ability for voters to evaluate candidates for office, and reward those candidates who are transparent and honest? Did the random audit policy formerly used by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) have positive benefits for both citizens and candidates?  We theorize that increased transparency creates a stronger democratic process by providing more information to voters about candidates.

Intersectoral Governance in Community-Based Organizations

Intersectoral Governance in Community-Based Organizations: Prevalence, Challenges, and Best Practices by Howard P. Greenwald Professor, Price School of Public Policy Research Objectives and Background The purpose of this research is assess the degree to which community-based organizations achieve inter-sectoral collaboration,  to identify challenges to inter-sectoral collaboration, and to communicate best Read more…

From Subjects to Citizens

Professor Terry Cooper, along with research students Weijie Wang, Hui Li, and Henry Yee (now Assistant Professor at National University of Singapore), have been working on a Bedrosian Center funded project called “From Subjects to Citizens: How Homeowners and Local Officials Perceive Homeowners’ Roles in Local Governance in China.” We talked with Cooper about how the project is Read more…

Collaboration and Culture: Organizational Culture and the Dynamics of Collaborative Networks

Research Associate Professor Christopher Weare and Assistant Professor Nicole Esparza have been working with Professor Paul Lichterman, a sociologist from the Dornsife College at USC, on the question of what makes civic networks cohere and fracture over time and how these processes affect the ability of networks to support the work of non-profit and advocacy organizations. 

Recurrent Governance Failures

Bedrosian Research Award Seminar featuring Richard Callahan, Associate Professor USF Conventional wisdom typically describes the recurring challenges in gang violence and homelessness in Los Angeles County as criminal justice, community engagement, or mental health challenges. Drawing on the past decade of research in the academic communities on governance, as well Read more…

Collaboration and Culture

Organizational Culture and the Dynamics of Collaborative Networks Featuring Chris Weare and Nicole Esparza Recently, inter-organizational collaborative networks have received increasing attention from political science and public administration scholars. From a policy perspective, this interest has been sparked by the rise of networked-based forms of policy development and implementation due Read more…

Measuring Behavioral Attributes for Federal Agencies Across Time

Bedrosian Research Award Seminar Featuring: Anthony Bertelli Abstract: Behavioral attributes are observed manifestations of cognitive or emotive constructs. Aggregates of such attributes are often used at the organization level in public management research. Difficulties in measuring attributes over time and across organizations have frequently limited statistical designs to single organization Read more…

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