Research

My research explores the intersection of individuals and the government. That includes taxes, regulation, and public finance. While most of my research is listed below, additional information can be found on my Google Scholar profile. [Link]

Books

Tax Politics and Policy. New York/London: Routledge.

Taxes are an inescapable part of life. They are perhaps the most economically consequential aspect of the relationship between individuals and their government. Understanding tax development and implementation, not to mention the political forces involved, is critical to fully appreciating and critiquing that relationship.

Tax Politics and Policy offers a comprehensive survey of taxation in the United States. It explores competing theories of taxation's role in civil society, investigates the evolution and impact of taxes on income, consumption, and assets, and highlights the role of interest groups in tax policy. This is the first book to include a separate look at "sin" taxes on tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and sugar. The book concludes with a look at tax reform ideas both old and new

Available for purchase on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Routledge.


Articles

Forthcoming:

“Lights, Camera, but No Action? Tax and Economic Development Lessons from State Motion Picture Incentive Programs.” American Review of Public Administration. [Link]

“Local Government Sick-Leave Practices: An Exploratory Study.” Review of Public Personnel Administration. [Link]

Published:

“The Drivers of Public Sector Pension Reform Across the U.S. States.” 2017. American Review of Public Administration 47(4): 431 – 442. [Link]

“I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Been Asked This Before: Bringing ‘Why Government’ and ‘Which Government’ to the Classroom.” 2017. Journal of Public Affairs Education 23(1): 563 – 570. [Link]

“Fade to Black? Exploring Policy Enactment and Termination through the Rise and Fall of State Tax Incentives for the Motion Picture Industry.” 2017. American Politics Research 45(1): 85 – 108. [Link]

“Underfunding Annual Pension Contributions: Examining the Factors Behind an Ongoing Fiscal Phenomenon.” 2015. State and Local Government Review 47(1): 35 – 44. [Link]

“Compensation Benchmarking Practices in U.S. Local Governments: Results of a National Survey.” 2015. Public Personnel Management 44(3): 340 – 355. [Link]

“A Divided Branch: Legislative Chambers and the Varied Effects of Party Strength on Policy Outcomes in the American States.” 2015. Research & Politics 2(1): 1 – 8. [Link]

“Politics, Fiscal Necessity or Both? Factors Driving the Enactment of Defined Contribution Accounts for Public Employees.” 2013. Public Administration Review 73(3): 480 – 489. [Link]

“All of the Above: How Fiscal, Political, and Workforce Traits Affect Pension Funding.” 2013. State and Local Government Review 45(3): 163 – 171. [Link]


Other

Blogs:

“Why don’t state governments terminate failing programs? They spent too much.” London School of Economics American Politics and Policy Blog, 2016. [Link]

“Film Tax Credits Don’t Grow the Economy.” Mackinac Center for Public Policy Blog, 2015. [Link]

“State Pension Plans Are Unsustainable.” Michigan Capitol Confidential, 2015. [Link]

Miscellaneous:

“From Pension to 401(k): A Case Study of Michigan.” 2014. In Pensions: Policies, New Reforms and Current Challenges. Nova Science.

“Intergovernmental Relations.” 2010. In The Encyclopedia of Political Science. CQ Press..