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Department of Public Policy and Administration Research Seminar Series

The Department of Public Policy and Administration Research Seminar Series, jointly sponsored by the Department of Public Policy and Administration and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences-Office of the Dean, is part of the initiative to promote Scholarly Achievement in Graduate Education (SAGE).  Throughout the Spring 2013 semester, graduate students will give in-depth presentations about the work they are currently conducting.

Tuesday, April 16th at 12:30 p.m.
401 Penn

RSVP to by 12 p.m. on Friday, April 12th


Kirk Leach
Social Entrepreneurship and Community Context: Examining the Influence of Local Institutional Arrangements in Shaping Social Entrepreneurial Activity.

Prentiss Dantzler
Home Sweet Home: Determinants of Tenure Among Public Housing Residents

Jason Rivera
FEMA Aid Distribution and Deservedness: Does Disaster Aid Go To Those Most in Need?

Monday, March 11th at 12:15 p.m.
Multi-Purpose Room Left

RSVP to by 12 p.m. on Friday, March 8th


Patricia Ciorici
Determinants of Neighborhood Satisfaction: Evidence from the North Camden Resident Satisfaction Survey

Spencer Clayton
The Connection Between Partisan Gerrymandering and Minority Vote Dilution

Danny Tarng
Deconstructing Food Access and the Food Desert: Exploring Deeper Contexts in Urban Community Food Environments

Straso Jovanovski and Spencer Clayton
Women of Faith and Hope: A Case Study Approach to Community Healthcare Education, Outreach, and Social Change

This is a SAGE (Scholarly Achievement in Graduate Education) event.

“Threat to Civic Engagement? The Municipal Takeover of Camden and the Impact on Voter Turnout”

Monday, February 18, 2013 at 12:15pm
Multi-Purpose Room Left
Presented by: Ashley Nickels, Public Affairs PhD Student

RSVP to by Thursday, February 14.

Abstract: “Democratic Dissolution” is the term coined by Michelle Wilde Anderson (2012) to describe the renewed trend of placing fiscally distressed cities under state receivership, whereby elected officials are removed from office and replaced by a governor-appointed manager or board. Considerable national attention has focused on the Emergency Financial Management legislation and municipal takeovers of Michigan cities. A New York Times Magazine article covers the state’s takeover of one small West Michigan town, noting “Democracy has now officially been suspended in Benton Harbor” (Mahler, 2012). After years of financial turmoil, the city of Central Falls, Rhode Island was placed under state receivership and the mayor was removed from power under municipal takeover in 2011, leaving him in an advisory role. As post-industrial, mid-sized cities continue to face fiscal threats, states are increasingly involved in the direct governing of city institutions, affecting the community more broadly as recovery policies are applied, implemented, and institutionalized. These strong state intervention policies reshape political and civic landscapes, thereby affecting “who governs” in these distressed urban communities. This paper focuses specifically focuses on the municipal takeover of Camden, New Jersey. Using voter turnout data as a proxy for civic engagement, this exploratory study highlights the impact of municipal takeover on civic engagement.