Data for dissertations August 28, 2017

35514 Quantifying the Size and Geographic Extent of CCTV’s Impact on Reducing Crime in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003-2013

35613 Expanded Assessment of the Consequences of Imprisonment for Employment in Maricopa County, Arizona from 2011-2012

36624 Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys [LAMAS] 5, 1972

36645 Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Burundi, 2014

36679 Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Cape Verde, 2014

New data from ICPSR

36760 Annual Survey of Jails, 2015 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36760.v1

36800 Research on Pathways to Desistance [Maricopa County, AZ and Philadelphia County, PA]: Subject Measures – Scales, 2000-2010 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36800.v1

36825 Child Care and Development Fund Administrative Data, Federal Fiscal Year 2014 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36825.v1

36842 Health Reform Monitoring Survey, Third Quarter 2016 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36842.v1

Policy Design and Practice

I’ve joined the Scientific Board of Policy Design and Practice, a new journal from Taylor & Francis that will begin publication in 2018. The journal is sponsored by the Asian Development Bank and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore. Michael Howlett and M Ramesh will co-edit the journal. I’ll post more information along the way about the journal.

Optimal co-authoring?

I was recently reminded of a study by sociologist Brian Uzzi about the success factors behind Broadway musicals. One factor behind failure was when the production lacked new insights because the entire team had worked together on repeated projects. Another factor who was when none of the team’s members had worked together before. 

I wonder if this says something about optimal co-authoring. Maybe the best co-authoring opportunities are those that include new team members, but that also include team members from past projects. The upshot of this is maybe you need new blood and old blood for a project to truly succeed.

The corollary to this is that most new co-authoring opportunities will fail – or maybe that they won’t feel, at least at the beginning, like successes.

2017 IPSA Levine Prize for the best book in comparative administration and public policy

Above Politics: Bureaucratic Discretion and Credible Commitment, written with Gary J. Miller of Washington University in St. Louis, will receive the 2017 Levine Prize for the best book in comparative administration and public policy. This is an annual award made by the Research Committee 27 of the International Political Science Association. Gary and I published this book in 2016 in the Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions series of Cambridge University Press.