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Welcome to my website! My name is Brian An. I am a PhD Candidate in Public Policy and Management at the University of Southern California.
My research interests lie in the intersection of 1) public policy & management, 2) governance & institutional arrangements, and 3) public finance. The broader goal of my research is to deepen our understanding of institutional rules and power in local governance and public management, asking why some local and regional communities develop and maintain robust institutions for efficient and equitable distribution of public investments, while others do not. My research attempts to answer this question from a perspective on performance measurement and management.
My dissertation examines how governance and institutional forces shape the geography of local public goods in their spatial distribution, quality, and quantity across urban, local, and regional communities. The thesis focuses on three major factors at different levels of geography: (1) the design of institutional rules in regional governments in metropolitan areas, (2) special-purpose governance led by citizens from the ground up in local communities, and (3) the racial structure of income inequality in urban areas. The three essays as a whole empirically illustrate how these forces contribute to the inequality in local public investment and the quality of life across communities.
The primary institutions and subjects of my study are local and regional governments, intergovernmental collaboration, and the role of citizen input and participation in local governance and public management. My scholarly interests range from local and regional governance to the emerging collaborative governance in public administration literature in which public sector, private sector, and civil society cooperate with one another for sustainable resource and environmental management. In addition, my policy specialization includes program evaluation for housing and community development policies and tax incentives.
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