John Charles Morris

Old Dominion University
Urban Studies and Public Administration

Department of Urban Studies and Public Administration
2084 Constant Hall
Norfolk, VA

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My research agenda revolves around three major themes, each of which intertwines with the others. First, I have a passion for exploring the implications of private sector activity in traditional public functions. This line of inquiry is multifaceted, in that it includes elements of public policy, public administration, environmental policy, political science, federalism, organization theory, and economics. Second, much of my research examines issues found in public works departments. Third, I have a long-standing curiosity about the reasons behind the policy choices states make. States are truly "policy laboratories," yet much remains to be discovered about the reasons why states make the choices they do. My work in this field addresses policy issues such as wastewater funding, welfare policy choices, reproductive rights, and environmental policy. A sub-element of this theme focuses specifically on a regional comparison of southern states to the rest of the nation. I have also participated in work to help more clearly define political culture, one of the core explanators in the state comparative policy literature.

Morris, John C., William a. Gibson, William M. Leavitt, and Shana C. Jones. 2013. The Case for Grassroots Collaboration: Social Capital and Ecosystem restoration at the Local Level. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Morris, John C. 2007. "Government And Market Pathologies of Privatization: The Case of Prison Privatization." Politics and Policy 35 (2): 318-341.
Breaux, David A., John C. Morris, and Rick Travis. 2007. "Explaining Welfare Sanctions and Benefits in the South: A Regional Analysis." American Review of Politics 28 (1): 1-18.
Emison, Gerald A., and John C. Morris, eds. 2010. Speaking Green with a Southern Accent: Environmental Management and Innovation in the South. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Substantive Focus:
Environmental Policy PRIMARY
Governance SECONDARY
Social Policy
Comparative Public Policy

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