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De-stereotyping Public Performance Evaluation

Experimental evidence suggests that citizens’ judgments of service quality often rely on prior beliefs about providers’ characteristics, such as sectoral or racial stereotypes. Such a biased judgment process prevents the public from understanding …

How and When Democratic Values Matter: Challenging the Effectiveness Centric Framework in Program Evaluation

Performance information is overwhelmingly used in program evaluation by both public managers and external stakeholders. In the market-based New Public Management movement, effectiveness is public programs’ major selling point. However, this approach …

Public Trust and Collaborative Governance: A Priming Experiment

Trust in government has attracted much attentions as an important social outcome, but we know little about its effects on citizen-state interactions. In this study, I posit that trust in government may affect citizens’ perceptions of collaborative …

Micro Foundations of Network Formation: Experimental Evidence from American Municipal Governments

The earlier research agenda on intergovernmental collaboration is “too late” and “too aggregated.” The existing literature investigates intergovernmental collaborations in the late stage after networks have formed. Further, intergovernmental network …