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Dr. Manny Teodoro’s scholarship stands at the nexus of politics, public policy, and public management. His research focuses on U.S. environmental policy, examining the ways in which human capital, management practices, and political institutions condition the implementation of federal environmental regulations. He pursues a line of applied policy research on water utility finance and management, and has developed new methods for assessing rate equity and affordability. Ongoing efforts include comparative analysis of private and public utility management, as well analysis of racial, ethnic, and income disparities in environmental compliance and enforcement.
Professor Teodoro’s public administration research emphasizes executive behavior, with special attention to professions and bureaucratic career systems as political phenomena. His award-winning book, Bureaucratic Ambition (2011, Johns Hopkins University Press), argues that ambition–psychological motives manifested in a career opportunity structure–shapes administrators’ decisions to innovate and to engage in politics, with important consequences for innovation in government and democratic governance. Current research on executive career systems seeks to link executive backgrounds and career paths to management behavior and organizational outcomes.
Professor Teodoro’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Water Research Foundation, and American Water Works Association. His work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Policy, State & Local Government Review, and the Journal of the American Water Works Association.