David’s research sits at the intersection of public policy, public administration and management, and organization theories. He applies a variety of methodological approaches from directed qualitative content analysis to quantitative multilevel modeling.
2015. "Integrating Core Concepts from the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework for the Systematic Analysis of Policy Designs." Journal of Theoretical Politics
2015. "Assessing Policy Divergence: How to Investigate the Differences Between a Law and a Corresponding Regulation." Public Administration
2015. "The Composition of Policy Change: Comparing Colorado's 1977 and 2006 Smoking Bans." Policy Sciences
2014. "Capturing Structural and Functional Diversity through Institutional Analysis: The Mayor Position in City Charters." Urban Affairs Review
2013 "Assessing Rule Compliance and Robustness in Recreational Resource Management." Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning
Forthcoming. "The Institutional Analysis and Development Framework." American Governance.
Forthcoming. "The Design, Implementation, and Administration of U.S. Organic Food Policy." Routledge Handbook of Environmental Governance.
2014. "Common Pool Resources." Oxford Bibligraphies.
2014. "Organic Food." Science and Politics: An A-to-Z Guide to Issues and Controversies.
David’s dissertation research draws from his work on a project examining; U.S. organic food regulatory design and administration (NSF grant no. 1124541). The dissertation appies regulatory administration, public and nonprofit management, and organization theories to understand how differences among the governmental, nonprofit, and private certifying agents accredited by the USDA's National Organic Program affect the administration of organic food regulations.
Sample Dissertation Papers
"Public, Nonprofit, and Private Sector Regulatory Approaches in Third-Party Regulatory Administration." Presented at the 2014 APPAM annual meeting.
"Who Knows Best? Public, Nonprofit, and Private Sector Expertise in the Administration of US Organic Regulations." Presented at the 2015 MPSA annual meeting.
"Service Diversification and Quality Differences among Public, Nonprofit, and Private Sector Third-Party Administrators of U.S. Organic Regulations." Presented at the 2015 PMRA and APSA meetings.
ADDITIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS
Understanding policy design through institutional analysis. With several collaborators David has worked in the development policy document coding and analysis procedures, drawing conceptual and methodological inspiration from the Institutional Analysis and Development framework. An example research poster can be found here.
Exploration of semi-automated digital methods as an approach to public policy and management research. This research includes analysis of online ‘issue networks’ by mapping organizational websites and the hyperlinks that connect them, and automated website content analysis. A resulting sample paper can be found here.
Using Ostrom's design principles to assess recreational resource co-management. David’s MPA capstone applied common pool resource theory to assess a co-management arrangement of a popular rock climbing destination in Utah. A related study poster is available here.