Brian K. Collins

University of North Texas
Department of Public Administration

Department of Public Administration
1155 Union Circle #310617, TX

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Brian K. Collins is an associate professor at the University of North Texas. His research interests include civic engagement and the institutional analysis of grant program administration and implementation at the state and local levels, and the implications for managerial capacity in governance networks. This includes substantive analysis of community development programs and healthcare policies with an emphasis upon childhood immunization and terrorism response. Additional research includes the relationship between public opinion and policy as linked through citizen satisfaction surveys and their use in performance management.

Collins, Brian K. 2011. "Agency forms and reforms: Institutional design for state-centric networks and block grant administration." In Networked governance: The Future of Intergovernmental Management, eds. Jack W. Meek and Kurt Thurmaier. Washington DC: CQ Press. 127-145.
Collins, Brian K. 2012. "Credit and Credibility: State Government Bond Ratings, 1975-2002." American Review of Public Administration.
Abstract: Financial crises, municipal bankruptcies, and fear of contagious sovereign default have raised questions about the competency and character of politicians and public managers, but the credibility of private sector credit rating agencies and bond ratings may be the more relevant target of scrutiny. This article examines the credibility of government bond ratings in light of market institutions creating incentives to inflate ratings. Using yield spreads as interval indicators of bond ratings and historical ratings of state general obligation (GO) bonds from 1975 to 2002, a Granger-causality and vector autoregression analysis of the average ratings in the Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s portfolio of state GO bond ratings indicate that ratings are sensitive to market dynamics. Such market endogeneity confirms concerns about the credibility of government bond ratings and points to the necessity of considering institutional reform in the bond rating market.
DOI: 10.1177/0275074012460424
Collins, Brian K., and Helen Morrow. 2010. “Using Shared Technology in Bioterrorism Planning and Response: Do Privacy Laws Affect Administrative Judgments?” Homeland Security Review 4 (1): 1-18.

Substantive Focus:
Economic Policy
Environmental Policy SECONDARY
Science and Technology Policy
Urban Public Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY
Public Opinion SECONDARY