Jami K. Taylor

University of Toledo
Political Science & Public Administration

3007 Snyder Memorial Hall
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Toledo, OH

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Much of my work has focused on LGBT inclusive policies. I am particularly interested in local to state policy diffusion and on policy reinvention. I also engage in research on public service motivation as it relates to political action, military service or donating/volunteering behaviors.

Taylor, J. & Haider-Markel, D. (eds). (2014). Transgender Rights and Politics: Groups, Issue Framing, and Policy Adoption. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
Abstract: To date, media and scholarly attention to gay politics and policy has focused on the morality debates over sexual orientation and the legal aspects of rights for non-heterosexuals. However, transgender concerns as such have received little attention. With transgender activism becoming more visible, policymakers in the United States and around the world have begun to respond to demands for more equitable treatment. Jami K. Taylor and Donald P. Haider-Markel bring together new research employing the concepts and tools of political science to explore the politics of transgender rights. Volume contributors address the framing of transgender rights in the U.S. and in Latin America. They discuss transgender interest groups, the inclusion of transgender activists in advocacy coalitions, policy diffusion at the state and local levels, and, importantly, the implementation of transgender public policy. This volume sets the standard for empirical research on transgender politics and demonstrates that the study of this topic can contribute to the understanding of larger questions in the field of political science.
URL: http://www.amazon.com/Transgender-Rights-Politics-Framing-Adoption/dp/0472072358
Taylor, J., Tadlock, B. & Poggione, S. (2014). State LGBT rights policy outliers: Transsexual birth certificate laws. American Review of Politics, 34(Winter), 245-270
Abstract: This paper explores an anomaly in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights policy, laws allowing transsexual individuals to amend their birth certificates. Unlike most other LGBT rights policies, these statutes are often found in Southern and other conservative states. In fact, these laws are found in half of the Southern states. The array of states with these laws does not conform to the pattern of traditional morality politics laws that is commonly associated with LGBT rights. Using a Cox non-proportional hazards model, we find that the adoption of these laws was influenced by vertical diffusion of the Centers for Disease Control’s model vital records recommendations. States with more professionalized bureaucracies, like Virginia and Georgia, were more likely to implement these recommended best practices. However, as transgender rights became more closely associated with the gay rights advocacy movement, this issue likely resembles morality policy. The result being that liberal and conservative elites respond to these policies in predictable manners. Notably, the political opportunity structure in Southern states has not allowed the passage of this type of statute since the incorporation of transgender rights into the LGBT social movement during the mid-1990s.
Taylor, J., Clerkin, R., Ngaruiya, K., & Velez, A. (2013). An exploratory study of public service motivation and the institutional-occupational model of the military. Armed Forces & Society. Forthcoming.
Comstock, G., Cureton, A., MacLean, D., Taylor, J. & Schaffer, H. (2011). Intellectual property. In G. Comstock (Ed.). Research Ethics: A Philosophical Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming.
Clerkin, R., Paynter, S. & Taylor, J. (2009). Public service motivation in undergraduate giving and volunteering decisions. American Review of Public Administration, 39(6), 675-698.
Taylor, J. & Clerkin, R. (2011). Public service motivation and political action in college undergraduates. Politics & Policy, 39(5), 715-740.
Taylor, J., Lewis, D., Jacobsmeier, M. & DiSarro, B. (2012). Content and complexity in policy reinvention and diffusion: Gay and transgender-inclusive laws against discrimination. State Politics & Policy Quarterly, 12(1), 75-98.
Taylor, J. 2011. "Economic Development Policy." In Governing America: Major Decisions of Federal, State, and Local Government, eds. P. Quirk and W. Cunion. p. 63-73.
Taylor, J. 2007. "Transgender Identities and Public Policy in the United States: The Relevance for Public Administration." Administration & Society 39 (7): 833-856.

Substantive Focus:
Governance SECONDARY
Social Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY