Christopher M. Reenock

Florida State University
Political Science

567 Bellamy Building
Tallahassee, FL

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My research focuses on institutional and policy choices in democracies and how these choices affect democratic performance and sustainability. This interest extends across two subfields, comparative politics and public policy, and considers fundamental problems that all democracies must confront. The first strand of my research centers on the stability of democratic regimes. I explore why, in the face of challenges from anti-system political actors, some democracies are robust while others are more fragile. My research in this area considers this problem from two perspectives. First, it considers the role of both formal and informal institutions in democratic breakdown. Second, it considers the commitment dilemma that democracies confront with their citizens over both the social contract and juridical contracts. The second strand of my research is located at the intersection of the literatures on bureaucratic responsiveness, regulatory politics and legislative studies. I am interested in the policy implications of elected officials' manipulation of the structure and procedures of administrative agencies as a response to the delegation problem. Specifically, my research focuses on the following three questions. First, through precisely what design mechanisms do elected officials (legislators and chief executives) attempt to influence bureaucratic activity? Second, how do individual legislators attempt to intervene in agency affairs? Third, what are the consequences of manipulating institutional design features for the delivery of public policy? I explore these questions primarily in the context of environmental policy.

2013. Forthcoming. Christopher Reenock, Jeffrey Staton and Marius Radean. “Legal Institutions and Democratic Survival.” Journal of Politics.
2013. Forthcoming. David Konisky and Christopher Reenock. “Examining Sources of Regulatory Compliance Bias in Policy Implementation.” Journal of Politics.
Berkman, Michael, and Christopher Reenock. 2004. "Incremental Consolidation and Comprehensive Reorganization of American State Executive Branches." American Journal of Political Science 48 (4): 796-812.
Reenock, Christopher, Michael Bernhard, and David Sobek. 2007. "Regressive Socioeconomic Distribution and Democratic Survival." International Studies Quarterly 51 (3): 677-699.
Reenock, Christopher, and Brian Gerber. 2008. "Information Exchange and Interest Group Enfranchisement through Agency Design." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 18 (3): 415-440.

Substantive Focus:
Environmental Policy PRIMARY
Comparative Public Policy SECONDARY

Theoretical Focus:
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY