Sapotichne's research centers on public policy processes. Specifically issue emergence, agenda setting, urban politics, and policy. He is currently researching the evolving scope and nature of urban issues on the federal policy agenda in the U.S. He also conducts research on decision-making processes in local political institutions, the determinants of punctuated spending patterns in city governments, how institutional design influences the fiscal interdependence of city governments, and venue shopping strategies in intergovernmental policy debates. Prior research addressed the interplay of issue focus and interest group alignments in fostering policy coherence, and the effects of "widespread policy disruptions" in gaining the attention of elected officials, in affecting policymaking, in reshaping the involvement of federal agencies, and in influencing interest group alignments, across a variety of public risk policy sectors related to the federal homeland security agenda.
||Sapotichne, Joshua, and James M. Smith. 2011. "Venue Shopping and the Politics of Urban Development: Lessons from Chicago and Seattle." Urban Affairs Review.|
||May, Peter J., Ashley E. Jochim, and Joshua Sapotichne. 2011. "Constructing Homeland Security: An Anemic Policy Regime." Policy Studies Journal 39 (2): 285-307.|
||May, Peter J., Joshua Sapotichne, and Samuel Workman. 2009. "Widespread Policy Disruption: Terrorism, Public Risks, and Homeland Security." Policy Studies Journal 37 (2): 171-194.|
Defense and Security
Policy Process Theory
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation