Book | Selected Articles

My public policy scholarship focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policy in the United States. My public administration research agenda focuses on professionalism, executive management, and innovation in public organizations.

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

Zhang, Youlang, Manuel P. Teodoro & David Switzer. 2021. “Public water waste reporting: contextual correlates and conservation outcomes,” Water Resources Research (forthcoming).
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Haider, Mellie & Manuel P. Teodoro. 2020. “Environmental Federalism in Indian Country: sovereignty, primacy, and environmental protection,” Policy Studies Journal (forthcoming).

Teodoro, Manuel P., Youlang Zhang & David Switzer. 2018. “Political Decoupling: Private Implementation of Public Policy,” Policy Studies Journal 48(2): 401-424.

Maranto, Robert, Manuel P. Teodoro, Kristen Carroll & Albert Cheng. 2018. “Gendered Ambition: Men’s and Women’s Career Advancement in Public Administration,” American Review of Public Administration 49(4): 469-481.

Teodoro, Manuel P. & Seung-Ho An. 2018. “Citizen-Based Brand Equity: A Model and Experimental Evaluation,” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 28(3): 321-338.

Switzer, David & Manuel P. Teodoro. 2018. “Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Justice in Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance,Social Science Quarterly: 99(2): 524-535.

Teodoro, Manuel P., Mellie Haider & David Switzer. 2018. “U.S. Environmental Policy Implementation on Tribal Lands: Trust, Neglect, and Justice,” Policy Studies Journal: 46(1): 37-59.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Working Papers

Favero, N. & M.P. Teodoro. 2017. “A Labor Market Theory of Bureaucratic Politics.” Working paper.

Switzer, D. & M.P. Teodoro. 2018. “Water Prices in the U.S. are Not “Cheaper when Drier (but they might be more affordable.” Working paper.

Bond, J.R. & M.P. Teodoro. 2019. “Trump Success? Conventional Measures in the Era of an Unconventional President,” Working paper.