• Scott T. Moore •
|Name:||Scott T. Moore|
|Concentration:||Public Policy, Public Organizations, Colorado Government and Politics|
Dr. Moore received his B.A. in International Relations from Knox College and earned an M.A. and PhD. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is currently engaged in several research projects.
One of Dr. Moore’s enduring projects of research over 20 years is the study of public organizations, wherein the tensions and conflicts within (and among) public agencies constitute substantive policy arenas in their own right. This interest is reflected in several publications on “street-level bureaucracy,” a recent series of papers reviewing the state of the ‘street level bureaucracy’ literature, and several papers on internal agency politics which broaden the foci of organizational policy processes.
Another current research project includes the politics of property taxation in Colorado. This project emphasizes the historical institutional development of the Colorado property tax (and tax protests) from the post WWII assessment reforms through the wholesale legislative reforms of the late 1960’s, the “Gallagher Amendment” in 1982 and the taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR). “Explaining TABOR” in a period after successful property tax reform which made residential property assessments more fair is one of the puzzles of Colorado politics he is hoping to solve. Explaining TABOR’s persistence after twenty years of experience and the attendant shrinkage of public services is another on-going effort.
Based on his interests in state and local fiscal development, Dr. Moore has been a regular participant in the Western States Budget Roundtable, which annual reports are published by the University of Utah Center for Public Policy and Administration. [available - www.cppa.utah.edu/westernstatesbudgets/]
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- POLS351 Public Administration: Tues & Thurs 9:30-10:45am FALL 2014
- POLS652 Public Organization Theory: Fall 2014 — See Brief Desciption — Thursdays 2:00-5:00pm
- POLS103 State & Local Politics and Government [All NEW!! ONLINE! next offering is Spring 2015]
- POLS451 Policy Design & The New Governance [ Recently approved, perhaps to be offered for Fall 2015?]
- POLS550 Advanced Public Administration Fall 2015]
Public Organization Theory — POLS652 – download syllabus
Public Organization Theory Fall Semester 2014 POLS652 This course is intended for ALL graduate students specializing in ALL areas of Political Science, from American Politics to Public Policy to International Relations to Comparative Politics and Political Theory. Students from other social science disciplines are also welcome. The course seeks to familiarize graduate students with the influence of formal organizational process on how “things get done” in the “doing” end of public policy. We will be blending in-depth exposure to various theoretical approaches to understanding organization with case studies that illuminate and exemplify several of those approaches. Theoretical approaches will include (for wont of a better phrase) structural formalism, institutional theory, systems and structural contingency theory, decision making approaches, conflict/negotiation approaches, principle-agent theory, street level bureaucracy and network approaches. Our cases will consist of an example of new institutionalist theory to higher education (Tuchman, Wannabe U); a structural approach to explaining human rights organizations and their impacts (Wong Internal Affairs), and a case of interorganizational collaboration in natural resources that draws richly from multiple theoretical approaches (Thomas, Bureaucratic Landscapes). Depending on the number of participants, we will plan on each member writing several critical essays that launch from specific readings. Student topical interests can be accommodated in the form of special readings ‘substitutions’ from our reading lists or approved research paper topics. Texts. In addition, numerous journal articles and book chapters will also be assigned and made available on RamCT/Blackboard. Charles Perrow Complex Organizations: A Critical Essay, 3rd Edition. McGraw Hill, 1986. Craig Thomas Bureaucratic Landscapes: Interagency Cooperation and Preservation of Biodiversity. MIT, 2003. Wendy Wong Internal Affiars: How the Structure of NGO’s Transforms Human Rights. Cornell, 2012. Gaye Tuchman Wannabe U: Inside the Corporate University. Chicago, 2009. James March A Primer on Decision-Making: How Decisions Happen. Free Press, 2009.
- Public Administration — Brief Course Desciption, Fall Semester 2013 – download syllabus