Mark William Davis

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Public Policy and Administration

West Chester University
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West Chester, PA
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My research interests include: public management, collaborative governance, and the public policy process. Within this research frame, I focus on U.S. national policy and state and local governments with an emphasis on environmental policy and sustainability policy topics.

Abstract: This directed case study employs a real-world event to enhance a students’ understanding of relevant literature, fundamental concepts, and key principles related to collaborate governance. This case study utilizes the event AIDS/LifeCycle, a 7-day, 545-mile bicycle ride down the California coastline, to illustrate successful nonprofit management and successful collaborative governance. Key concepts covered within the case include: (1) effective nonprofit fundraising, (2) successful collaborative governance, (3) methods for utilizing social networking toward effective fundraising and information dissemination, (4) illustrating two examples of service coproduction—via fundraising and volunteer service delivery, and (5) social capital building. The case also provides the greater context of the ride, specifically how two nonprofit corporations—the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center—collaborate toward the execution of the event and how these nonprofits leverage a small paid staff with a substantial number of volunteers to maximize the successful delivery of the event, maximize delivery of their HIV education and prevention message, and maximize their fundraising efforts
Heikkila, Tanya, Edella Schlager, and Mark W. Davis. 2011. “The Role of Cross-Scale Institutional Linkages in Common Pool Resource Management: Assessing Interstate River Compacts.” Policy Studies Journal 39 (1):121-145.
Abstract: This article extends the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework’s seminal research on common pool resource (CPR) management in new directions by exploring how the design principles of robust and enduring CPR management, initially proposed by Elinor Ostrom in 1990, can be used to measure and assess cross-scale institutional linkages. This study examines data from 14 interstate river basin compacts in the western United States to identify the types of linkages established in these interstate settings, the factors that contribute to the emergence of diverse types of linkages around these shared resources, and how different types of linkages perform. Using Ostrom’s CPR design principles to operationalize and measure linkages, the study shows that diverse types of cross-scale linkages were created under the 14 interstate compacts, with linkages related to monitoring found to be particularly prevalent. The types and diversity of linkages can largely be explained by the conditions under which compacts emerged and the water management issues states jointly face. In applying the evaluative criteria operationalized by theCPRdesign principles, this research further shows that the monitoring and collective choice linkages created by compacts tend to be of higher quality, while enforcement and conflict resolution linkages appeared to be of the lowest quality. In addition to developing the IAD literature on CPR management, these findings offer critical insights for assessing the capacity of interstate river basin compacts in the western United States to manage shared resources successfully, as well as insights for what types of institutional investments may be needed for enhanced resource governance.
Davis, Mark W. and Danielle Varda. 2011. “Teaching Simulation: Mapping Network Structure in Complex Community Collaboratives.” Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
Abstract: Collaborative governance / network analysis teaching simulation with teaching notes suitable for use with graduate level public policy, collaborative governance, network analysis, or environmental policy courses.
Davis, Mark W. and Danielle Varda. 2011. “Case Study: The Indiana Household Hazardous Waste Task Force.” Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
Abstract: Collaborative governance case study and teaching notes suitable for use with graduate level public policy, collaborative governance, or environmental policy courses using the Indiana Household Hazardous Waste Task Force as the case.
Davis, Mark W. and Chris Weible. 2011. “Linking Social Actors by Linking Social Theories: Toward Improving GHG Mitigation Strategies.” Carbon Management 2 (4):482-491.
Abstract: Understanding how to alter people’s behavior to mitigate GHG emissions in cities is a challenge for both researchers and practitioners. The problem encompasses comprehending variation in behavior among thousands to millions of people living in cities, as well as their contributions to the cities’ GHG footprint. To help simplify this challenge, this article seeks to de!ne and justify the partitioning of people into three categories of actors for understanding and mitigating GHGs at the city-scale. The three actor categories are policy actors, designers and operators of infrastructure and individual infrastructure users. By linking theories from across the social sciences, this article provides speci!c illustrations of the three actor categories and intertwines them with the goal of developing better GHG mitigation strategies. This paper concludes with a discussion of the need for meta-theoretical approaches toward describing and explaining the interactions among the social actor categories and GHG mitigation in cities.

Substantive Focus:
Energy and Natural Resource Policy
Environmental Policy SECONDARY
Governance PRIMARY
Urban Public Policy

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