Benjamin Y. Clark

University of Oregon
Planning, Public Policy and Management

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I focus my research on local government management. Specifically, my research looks at citizen engagement through technology (311 systems, smartphone applications, and web reporting portals), autonomous vehicle secondary impacts, and budgeting/finance.

Benjamin Y. Clark, Jeffrey Brudney, and Sung-Gheel Jang. (2013). “Coproduction of Government Services and the New Information Technology: Investigating the Distributional Biases.” Public Administration Review, 73 (5): 687-701.
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Benjamin Y. Clark. (2015) “Evaluating the Validity and Reliability of the Financial Condition Index at the Local Level.” Public Budgeting and Finance, 35(2): 66-68.
Benjamin Y. Clark, Nicholas Zingale, Joseph Logan, & Jeffrey Brudney. (2016) “A Framework for Using Crowdsourcing in Government.” International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age, 3(4): 57-75.
Benjamin Y. Clark and Tatyana Guzman. (In press) “Does Local Government Coproduction Lead to Budget Adjustments? An Investigation of Boston, MA and San Francisco, CA.” American Review of Public Administration.
Benjamin Y. Clark. 2010. "The Effects of Government Academic and Industrial Policy on Cross-University Collaboration." Science and Public Policy 37 (5).
Abstract: This article examines how collaborating with industry influences the academic scientist's collaborations with scientists at other universities (cross-university collaboration). Government policies have actively encouraged academics in different universities to collaborate with one another, but contract requirements stemming from academic-industrial collaborations often influence the ways in which academics can collaborate. The major findings from this article show that collaborating with industry appears to be linked to increasing levels of cross-university collaboration.
DOI: 10.3152/030234210X501207
Clark, Benjamin Y., and Andrew B. Whitford. 2011. "Does More Federal Environmental Funding Increase Or Decrease States Efforts?" Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 30 (1): 136-152.
Abstract: We examine the flow of federal grants-in-aid from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the states. We simultaneously model two dependent variables (the flow of EPA funds, and state environmental and natural resource budgets) to identify the independent roles of state political institutions, political preferences, economic and demographic characteristics, and the task environment. Our central focus, though, is on the relationship between grants and state spending after taking into account those direct effects. We examine the evidence for positive association (a flypaper effect) and negative association (crowding out). We show the different roles for political institutions, political preferences, demographic and economic characteristics, and the task environment in each spending context. Most importantly, we find evidence for a flypaper effect between federal funds and state spending: Federal spending and state spending are positively correlated after accounting for the contribution of the unique factors. © 2010 by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
DOI: 10.1002/pam.20547
Clark, Benjamin Y. 2011. "Influences and Conflicts of Federal Policies in Academic-Industrial Scientific Collaboration." Journal of Technology Transfer 36 (5).
Abstract: This paper examines the role of the federal government in shaping the relationship between academics scientists and industry. There exists a potential conflict between government policies encouraging collaboration within academia and the policies encouraging collaboration between academia and industry. To test and model these potential conflicts, this paper uses data collected in a 2004?2005 survey by the Research Valuing Mapping Project (a project based at Georgia Tech and led by Barry Bozeman) of more than 2000 academically based research scientists and engineers. The major finding in this paper shows that academic scientists working with industry collaborate more (with all types of collaborators) than those that do not collaborate with industry. However, when examining only those scientist that collaborate with industry, the results reveal a negative relationship between the amount of time spent collaborating with industry and the number of collaborators; implying that increasing collaboration with industry leads to less academic?academic collaboration.
DOI: 10.1007/s10961-010-9161-z

Substantive Focus:
Environmental Policy
Governance SECONDARY
Health Policy
Urban Public Policy PRIMARY

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