George A. Krause

Department of Public Administration and Policy
Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor of Public Administration

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Department of Public Administration and Policy

George A. Krause is the Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor of Public Administration (PhD, West Virginia University, 1994). His previous faculty appointments include serving both as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina (1994-2005), and more recently, Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh (2005-2017). Professor Krause’s core scholarly interests center on issues pertaining to governance, accountability, and representation in the United States. Much of his research focuses on topics pertaining to public administration & bureaucracy, executive authority, fiscal policymaking and governance, and organizational theory applied to better understand the functioning of government institutions (both elected and unelected). His current research activities investigate the role of bureaucratic leadership in U.S. federal government agencies; the exercise of executive authority; understanding the implications of shared power arrangements for democratic governance and policymaking within the administrative state; and behavioral decision-making in the realm of both democratic politics and government policymaking.

Education

B.A.: Economics, University of Pittsburgh (1988)

M.A.: Economics, West Virginia University (1990)

M.A.: Political Science, West Virginia University (1993)

Ph.D.: Political Science, West Virginia University (1994)

Areas of Expertise

Public Administration, Fiscal Policymaking & Governance, Organizational Theory, Accountability and Authority within the Executive Branch

Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • 2012 Herbert A. Simon Award [for significant career scholarly contributions to the scientific study of bureaucracy: administered by the Midwest Public Administration Caucus, Midwest Political Science Association].

 

  • 2013 Alan Rosenthal Prize: The Diversity Paradox: Political Parties, Legislatures, and the Organizational Foundations of Representation in America (with Kristin Kanthak), Oxford University Press 2012 [for best book or article in legislative studies that has potential value to legislative practitioners: administered by the Legislative Politics organized section, American Political Science Association].

 

  • 2014 “One of the 75 Most Influential Articles Published in the 75 Year History of Public Administration Review: “Reputation and Public Administration.” (with Daniel Carpenter), January/February 2012, pp. 26-32.

 

  • 2017-2018: President, Presidency and Executive Politics Organized Section, American Political Science Association.

 

  • 2007-2008: President, Midwest Public Administration Caucus, Midwest Political Science Association.

 

  • Editorial Board Member: American Journal of Political Science (2014-Present), Journal of Politics (2005-2006, 2009-2014), Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory (2002-2009), Political Analysis (2003-2007), Publius: The Journal of Federalism (Advisory Council: 2016-Present).

 

Affiliations

American Political Science Association

Midwest Political Science Association

Public Management Research Association

Southern Political Science Association

Research Interests
    • Bureaucratic leadership in U.S. federal agencies

     

    • The prospects, limits, and exercise of executive authority in both U.S. federal and state governments

     

    • Administrative foundations of distributive policymaking applied to the study of U.S. federal grants

     

    • Centralization of fiscal and budgetary policymaking, and administrative organizations within separation of powers systems.

     

    • Time-discounting of information and democratic accountability
Selected Publications
  • Krause, George A. 1999. A Two-Way Street: The Institutional Dynamics of the Modern Administrative State. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press. [Paperback and Digital Re-Issued Editions: October 2010].

 

  • Krause, George A., and Kenneth J. Meier. Editors. 2003. Politics, Policy, and Organizations: Frontiers in the Scientific Study of Bureaucracy. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press. [Paperback Edition: August 2005].

 

  • Kanthak, Kristin, and George A. Krause. 2012. The Diversity Paradox: Political Parties, Legislatures, and the Organizational Foundations of Representation in America. New York: Oxford University Press. [Paperback and Hardcover Editions].

 

  • Krause, George A. 1994. “Federal Reserve Policy Decision Making: Political and Bureaucratic Influences.” American Journal of Political Science 38(February): 124-144.

 

  • Krause, George A. 2000. “Partisan and Ideological Sources of Fiscal Deficits in the United States.” American Journal of Political Science 44(July): 541-559.

 

  • Krause, George A. 2003. “Coping with Uncertainty: Analyzing Risk Propensities of SEC Budgetary Decisions, 1949-1997.” American Political Science Review 97(February): 171-188.

 

  • Krause, George A., and James W. Douglas. 2005. “Institutional Design versus Reputational Explanations of Agency Performance: Evidence from U.S. Government Macroeconomic and Fiscal Projections.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 15(April): 281-306.

 

  • Krause, George A., and James W. Douglas. 2006. “Does Agency Competition Improve the Quality of Policy Analysis? Evidence from OMB and CBO Current Year Fiscal Projections.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 25(Winter): 53-74.

 

  • Krause, George A., David E. Lewis, and James W. Douglas. 2006. “Political Appointments, Civil Service Systems, and Bureaucratic Competence: Organizational Balancing and Executive Branch Revenue Forecasts in the American States.” American Journal of Political Science 50(July): 770-787.

 

  • Krause, George A., and J. Kevin Corder. 2007. “Explaining Bureaucratic Optimism: Theory and Evidence from U.S. Federal Executive Agency Macroeconomic Forecasts.” American Political Science Review 101(February): 129-142.

 

  • Krause, George A. 2009. “Organizational Complexity and Coordination Dilemmas in U.S. Executive Politics.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 39(March): 74-88. (Special Issue on “The Administrative Presidency”).

 

  • Kanthak, Kristin, and George A. Krause. 2010. “Valuing Diversity in Political Organizations: Gender and Token-Minorities in the U.S. House of Representatives.” American Journal of Political Science 54(October): 839-854.

 

  • Krause, George A. 2010. “Legislative Delegation of Authority to Bureaucratic Agencies.” The Oxford Handbook of American

Bureaucracy. Robert F. Durant, ed. New York: Oxford University Press.

 

  • Krause, George A., and Benjamin F. Melusky. 2012. “Concentrated Powers: Unilateral Executive Authority and Fiscal Policymaking in the American States.” Journal of Politics 74(January): 98-112.

 

  • Krause, George A., and James W. Douglas. 2013. “Organizational Structure and the Optimal Design of Policymaking Panels: Evidence from Consensus Group Commissions= Revenue Forecasts in the American States.” American Journal of Political Science 57(January): 135-149.

 

  • Krause, George A., David E. Lewis, and James W. Douglas. 2013. “Politics Can Limit Policy Opportunism in Fiscal Institutions: Evidence from Official General Fund Revenue Forecasts in the American States.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 32(Spring): 271-295.

 

  • Krause, George A. 2013. “Representative Democracy and Policymaking in the Administrative State: Is Agency Policymaking Necessarily Better?” Journal of Public Policy 33(August): 111-135.

 

  • Krause, George A., and Neal D. Woods. 2014. “State Bureaucracy: Policy Delegation, Comparative Institutional Capacity, and Administrative Politics in the American States.” The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government. Donald P. Haider-Markel, ed. New York: Oxford University Press.

 

  • Carpenter, Daniel, and George A. Krause. 2015. “Transactional Authority and Bureaucratic Politics.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 25(January): 5-25.

 

  • Krause, George A., and Ian Palmer Cook. 2015. “Partisan Presidential Influence Over U.S. Federal Budgetary Outcomes: Evidence from a Stochastic Decomposition of Executive Budget Proposals.” Political Science Research & Methods 3(May): 243-264.

 

  • Krause, George A., and Anne Joseph O’Connell. 2016. “Experiential Learning and Presidential Management of the U.S. Federal Bureaucracy: Logic and Evidence from Agency Leadership Appointments.” American Journal of Political Science 60(October): 914-931.