Book | Selected Articles

My public policy scholarship focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policy in the United States. Topics of interest include education, law enforcement, finance, and especially environmental regulation—with a particular emphasis on drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater.

My public administration research agenda focuses on professionalism, executive management, and innovation in public organizations. I’m interested in bureaucrats as political actors whose choices shape and are shaped by the institutions in which they work. Professional administrators are creators and producers of public policy, and I’m fascinated by the ways in which their career systems foster or frustrate entrepreneurship in government bureaucracy.

Teodoro, Manuel P. 2011. Bureaucratic Ambition: Careers, Motives, and the Innovative Administrator. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

  • 2016 Herbert Simon Book Award, American Political Science Association.
  • 2013 Best Book Award, ASPA Section on Public Administration Research.


Selected articles

Switzer, David and Manuel P. Teodoro. n.d. “Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Justice in Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance,Social Science Quarterly: forthcoming.

Teodoro, Manuel P., Mellie Haider and David Switzer. n.d. “U.S. Environmental Policy Implementation on Tribal Lands: Trust, Neglect, and Justice,” Policy Studies Journal: forthcoming.

Teodoro, Manuel P. and M. Anne Pitcher. 2017. “Contingent Technocracy: Bureaucratic Independence in Developing Countries,” Journal of Public Policy 37(4): 401-429.

Teodoro, Manuel P. and Jon R. Bond. 2017. “Presidents, Baseball, and Wins above Expectations: Why Ronald Reagan is like Bobby Cox and Lyndon Johnson is like Joe Torre,” PS: Political Science & Politics 50(2): 339-346.

Teodoro, Manuel P. and David Switzer. 2016. “Drinking from the Talent Pool: A Resource Endowment Theory of Human Capital and Agency Performance,” Public Administration Review 76(4): 564-575.

Konisky, David M. and Manuel P. Teodoro. 2016. “When Governments Regulate Governments.American Journal of Political Science 60(3): 559-574.

Teodoro, M. P. 2014. “When Professionals Lead: Executive Management, Isomorphism, and Policy Implementation,” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 24(4): 983-1004.

Teodoro, M.P. 2013. “Moving In, Managing Up: Executive Job Formation and Political Behaviour,” Journal of Public Policy 33(2): 137-164.

Teodoro, M.P. and A.G. Hughes. 2012. “Socializer or Signal? How Agency Accreditation Affects Organizational Culture,” Public Administration Review 72(4): 583-591.

Teodoro, M.P. 2010. “Contingent Professionalism: Bureaucratic Mobility and Adoption of Water Conservation Rates,” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 20(2): 437-459.

Teodoro, M.P. 2009. “Bureaucratic Job Mobility and the Diffusion of Innovations,” American Journal of Political Science 53(1): 175-189.