Kathleen Hale

Auburn University
Political Science and MPA Program

7080 Haley Center
Auburn, AL

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My research focuses on the influence of cross-sectoral networks and information relationships that have emerged as new forms of governance in the modern American federal system. Major objectives are to examine the relative ability of states and local governments to govern and manage in networked arrangements with nonprofit organizations, and to examine conditions and practices that build capacity to address public needs. My current work examines networks and information relationships in the public administration of elections and related election policy decisions, applied research under the working title Community Governance Research Project.

Brown, M. and Hale, K. 2014. Applied Research Methods in Public & Nonprofit Organizations. Jossey-Bass/Wiley.
Abstract: A comprehensive guide for students and practitioners interested in how to understand and measure processes and outcomes common to public administration, nonprofit management, and community governance. The book takes a fresh look at conducting research about public sector problems and highlights relationships between stages of the research process, the iterative nature of research, and engaging with communities in problem-solving.
Hale, K., Montjoy, R. S., and Brown, M. Administering Elections: How American Elections Work. Palgrave Macmillan 2015.
Abstract: This book provides a framework for a broader understanding of the institutional architecture, actors, law, and policy that comprise American elections. Using a systems perspective, the book demonstrates the interdependencies and complexities of election systems and the unintended consequences that result as changes in one part of the system ripple throughout.
Hale, K. 2013. “Understanding Nonprofit Transparency: The Limits of Formal Regulation in the American Nonprofit Sector.” International Review of Public Administration. Pages forthcoming.
Hale, K.. and M. Brown. 2013. "Adopting, Adapting, and Opting Out: State Responses to Federal Voting System Guidelines." Publius: The Journal of Federalism 43(3): 428-451.
McNeal, R., Hale, K., and L. Dotterweich. 2008. "Citizen-Government Interaction and the Internet: Expectations in Contact, Quality and Trust." Journal of Information Technology & Politics 5 (2).
Hale, K., and C. D. Slaton. 2009. "Building Capacity in Election Administration: Local Responses to Complexity and Interdependence." Public Administration Review 68 (5): 839-49.
Hale, K. 2011. How Information Matters: Networks and Public Policy Innovation. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

Substantive Focus:
Law and Policy SECONDARY
Governance PRIMARY
Science and Technology Policy

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