|2022 - Present||Professor of Public Scholarship and Engagement, Boise State University ‐ Office of the President|
|2013 - Present||Professor, Boise State University ‐ Department of Political Science|
|2008 - 2012||Associate Professor, Boise State University ‐ Department of Political Science|
|2009 - 2010||Fulbright Scholar, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|2001 - 2008||Assistant Professor, Boise State University ‐ Department of Political Science|
Honors and Awards
- 2008 Faculty Partner Award
- 2008 Distinguished Faculty Member
- 2009 - 2010 Fulbright Scholar at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
- 2017 - Research Grant for "The Diffusion and Adaptation of Participatory Budgeting" Project ($105,000), Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex
- 2020 - Nominated to serve three year term on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program National Screening Committee for 2020-23
- POLS 325: Latin American Politics
- POLS 333: Comparative Governments and Politics
- POLS 497: Special Topics - Comparative Public Policy
|2000||Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin|
|1991||B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz|
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Democracy and Human Development (7)
Democracy at Work: Pathways to Well-Being in Brazil Faculty & Staff Authored Books (2020)
One of the greatest challenges in the twenty-first century is to address large, deep, and historic deficits in human development. Democracy at Work explores a crucial question: how does democracy, with all of its messy, ...
Democracy at Work: Moving Beyond Elections to Improve Well-Being American Political Science Review (2017)
How does democracy work to improve well-being? In this paper, we disentangle the component parts of democratic practice—elections, civic participation, expansion of social provisioning, local administrative capacity—to identify their relationship with well-being. Our analysis of ...
Participation and the Poor: Social Accountability Institutions and Poverty Reduction in Brazil Conference Papers: Southern Political Science Association (2016)
Democracy, according to a large body of research, contributes to human development by improving citizens' lives (Prezeworkski et al. 2000; Gerrign et al. 2012; McGuire 2010; Baum and Lake 2003; Gerring et al. 2015). Broad ...
Improving Social Well-Being Through New Democratic Institutions Comparative Political Studies (2014)
We evaluate the role of a new type of democratic institution, participatory budgeting (PB), for improving citizens’ well-being. Participatory institutions are said to enhance governance, citizens’ empowerment, and the quality of democracy, creating a virtuous ...
Should I Stay or Should I Go? Explaining Why Most Mexican Immigrants are Choosing to Remain Permanently in the United States Latino Studies (2010)
This paper analyzes why some Mexican immigrants, especially undocumented residents, plan to remain permanently in the United States, whereas others plan to return to Mexico. If Mexican migrants, especially those who are living in the ...
Voice, Votes, and Resources: Evaluating the Effect of Participatory Democracy on Well-Being World Development (2010)
Participatory governance is said to enhance governance, citizens’ empowerment, and the quality of democracy, creating a virtuous cycle to improve the well-being of the poor. However, there is limited empirical evidence for this relationship. Drawing ...
Left Out: Trust and Social Capital Among Migrant Seasonal Farmworkers Social Science Quarterly (2006)
Objectives. We analyze the levels of trust and social capital among an understudied group: migrant seasonal farmworkers (MSFW). MSFWs of today are likely to become the "Hispanics" of tomorrow, which means that understanding what affects ...
Democratic Governance and Civil Society (15)
Of Governance and Revenue: Participatory Institutions and Tax Compliance in Brazil World Bank Group Policy Research Working Paper (2019)
Traditionally, governments seek to mobilize tax revenues by expanding their enforcement of existing tax regimesand facilitating tax payments. However, enforcement and facilitation can be costly and produce diminishing marginal returns if citizens are unwilling to ...
Developing Political Strategies Across a New Democratic and State Architecture Latin American Research Review (2018)
Under new democratic regimes, civil society organizations (CSOs) alter their political strategies to better engage public officials and citizens as well as to influence broader political debates. In Brazil, between 1990 and 2010, CSOs gained ...
Good Government and Politics as Usual?: The Schizophrenic Path of the Workers' Party Democratic Brazil Divided (2017)
When Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva won Brazil's presidency in 2002, he and his Workers' Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores; PT) had most observers convinced that this was a watershed moment for the country's democracy. The ...
Activating Democracy in Brazil: Popular Participation, Social Justice, and Interlocking Institutions Faculty & Staff Authored Books (2015)
In 1988, Brazil’s Constitution marked the formal establishment of a new democratic regime. In the ensuing two and a half decades, Brazilian citizens, civil society organizations, and public officials have undertaken the slow, arduous task ...
Contracting, Contesting, and Co-Optation: Civil Society Organizations’ Strategies Under New Institutional Arrangements in Brazil Journal of Politics in Latin America (2015)
Civil society has exploded in Latin America as democratization has continued over the last 30 years. Civil society organizations (CSOs) are thought to improve governance and oversight and to increase social capital. Nonetheless, we have ...
Participation, Representation, and Social Justice: Using Participatory Governance to Transform Representative Democracy Polity (2012)
The direct incorporation of citizens into complex policymaking processes is the most significant innovation of the "third wave" of democratization in the developing world. Participatory governance (PG) institutions are part of a new institutional architecture ...
Re-Engineering the Local State: Participation, Social Justice and Interlocking Institutions Cadernos Gestão Pública e Cidadania (2012)
The municipalization of basic social service delivery in Brazil provides significant incentives for local public officials to have a better understanding of their constituents’ needs and requirements both to govern and for political purposes. The ...
Entering the State: Civil Society Activism and Participatory Governance in Brazil Political Studies (2012)
Participatory governance programs, which institutionalize government–civil society interactions through the promotion of public deliberation and decision making, are being adopted by local governments to harness a wide range of outcomes believed to be positively associated ...
Does Participatory Governance Matter?: Exploring the Nature and Impact of Participatory Reforms (2011)
On May 9-10, 2011, twenty scholars and practitioners from seven countries gathered at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to assess what scholars and policymakers have learned after nearly three decades of the widespread ...
When Does Participatory Democracy Deepen the Quality of Democracy? Lessons from Brazil Comparative Politics (2008)
How and where do participatory institutions contribute to the deepening of democracy? Substantial variation in the outcomes produced by participatory institutions is best explained by the incentives of elected governments to delegate authority and the ...
Reconstructing Brazil: Institutional Reform, Economic Liberalism, and Pluralism Latin American Research Review (2005)
Over the past twenty years, Brazilians have witnessed and participated in the reform, renewal, and restructuring of their political institutions, economic system, and state-society relationships. The distribution of authority and the allocation of resources have ...
Participatory Publics: Civil Society and New Institutions in Democratic Brazil Comparative Politics (2004)
Brazil is home to some of the most successful experiences in participatory local government. The proliferation of civil society organizations in Brazil during the transition to democratic rule was accompanied by the development of new ...
Participatory Budgeting (18)
Political Effects on the Discontinuation of Participatory Budgeting in Municipalities Brazilian Journal of Public Administration (2022)
The article analyzes the factors associated with the discontinuation of participatory budgeting (PB) in Brazilian municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants between 2000 and 2016. We used econometric models to estimate PB’s discontinuation based on ...
The Rise, Spread, and Decline of Brazil’s Participatory Budgeting: The Arc of a Democratic Innovation Faculty & Staff Authored Books (2022)
This book examines the rise, spread and decline of participatory budgeting in Brazil. In the last decade of the twentieth century Brazil became a model of participatory democracy for activists, practitioners, and scholars. However, some ...
The Difference in Design: Participatory Budgeting in Brazil and the United States Journal of Public Deliberation (2019)
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is conceptually powerful because it ties the normative values of non-elite participation and deliberation to specific policymaking processes. It is a democratic policymaking process that enables citizens to allocate public monies. PB ...