Jeffrey D. Straussman

Adjunct Professor

Former Dean, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York

Jeffrey D. Straussman
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Jeffrey D. Straussman has been an academic since 1974 and has taught at the State University of New York, Fredonia, Michigan State University, Syracuse University where he was Associate Dean at the Maxwell School of Citzenship and Public Affairs, and the University at Albany where he was Dean of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. 

In 1992, Straussman was a Fulbright Scholar at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences where he taught public management and policy analysis and assisted Hungarian faculty in the development of a public affairs department. Straussman has taught and consulted internationally on subjects including managing for performance, leadership, public budgeting, and public affairs education and has spent considerable time in developing and transitional countries. His work has taken him to many countries including Macedonia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Venezuela, The Czech Republic, Russia, Hungary, China, Bulgaria, Brazil, Portugal, Malaysia, India, and Vietnam. 

Straussman has published widely in the areas of public finance and budgeting and administrative reform in transitional countries. His work appears in a variety of professional journals such as Public Budgeting & FinanceAdministration & SocietyPublic Administration and Development, and Public Administration Review. His books include The Limits of Technocratic Politics (Transaction Publishers, 1978), Public Management Strategies (Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, 1990) and Public Administration, 2nd edition (Longman Publishers Group, 1990).His interest in the political economy of transition has produced several publications including articles translated into Hungarian, Russian, and Ukrainian.

Straussman received his bachelor’s from Hofstra University, a master’s in political science from Hunter College, and his doctorate in political science from the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Jeffrey D. Straussman - CV

Research Areas

  • Administrative and public sector reform
  • Budgeting
  • Policy design and implementation
  • Public-private partnerships

Media Expertise

  • Governance
  • Political economy of transition
  • Public expenditure management
  • Public management and leadership
  • Public sector reform



  • Innovative Local Authorities. (Co-editor, Katalin Levai). Budapest, Hungary: Local Society Research Group, 1996.
  • Public Management Strategies. (Co-author, Barry Bozeman). San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass, Inc., 1990.
  • Public Administration, second edition. White Plains, NY: Longman, Inc., 1990.
  • New Directions in Public Administration. (Co editor, Barry Bozeman). Monterey, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 1984.
  • The Limits of Technocratic Politics. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books, 1978.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Improving the Budget Process in Fragile and Conflict Ridden States: Two Modest Lessons from Afghanistan.” (co-author, David E. Guinn). Public Administration Review 76 (March/April 2016): 263-72.
  • Managing Disaster Risk: An Interpretive Essay About Governance, Capacity, Fragility and Vulnerability.” (co-author, Asmita Tiwari). Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 6 (2015): 344-366.
  • “Developing craft skills with quasi-cases: The example of the Big Apple’s flirtation with congestion pricing.”  Teaching Public Administration 33 (2015): 175-192.
  • “Legislative Participation in Budgetary Systems: Is There Evidence of Convergence?” International Journal of Public Administration 35 (2012): 667-76.
  • “Non-partisan Legislative Budget Offices: A Tentative Step toward Improving Legislative oversight,” (co-author, Ari Renoni)Governance 24 (2011): 167-73.
  • “Public Management, Politics, and the Policy Process in the Public Affairs Curriculum,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 27 (2008): 624-40.
  • “An Essay on the meaning(s) of ‘Capacity Building’—With an Application to Serbia,” International Journal of Public Administration 30 (2007): 1103-1120.
  • “Public Service Reform in Russia, 1991-2006,” (co-author, Alexei Barabashev) Public Administration Review 67 (2007): 373-382. Dean, Public Administration, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
  • “Leadership and Performance” in Federico Lega and Daniela Cristofoli, Strategic Management of Public Sector Organizations. Milan: McGraw-Hill, 2005, pp. 147-160.
  • “Why Do People Give?” in Gifts Of Time And Money, Arthur C. Brooks, ed. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2005, pp. 209-212.
  • “Peacekeeping in Bosnia” (co-author, William C. Banks) in Terrorism and Peacekeeping, Volker C. Franke, ed., Westport,CT: Praeger, 2005. Former colleague, Professor of Law and Public Administration, Syracuse University
  • “On the Meaning(s) of ‘Capacity’ in the Literature and Practice of Administrative Reform in Transitional Countries—Searching for Clarity.”Vezetestudomany (Hungarian Management Review) 35 (July-August 2004): 109-120.
  • “Searching for Balance: Vietnamese NGOs Operating in a State-Led Civil Society.” (co-author, Steven J. Lux) Public Administration and Development 24 (2004): 173-81. Head of Executive Education Programs, Maxwell School, Syracuse University “Chinese Administrative Reforms with British, American and Japanese Characteristics?” (co-author Mengzhong Zhang) Public Administration and Policy 12 (2003): 143-179.
  • “Managing Intensive Student Consulting Capstone Projects: The Maxwell School Experience.” (co-author, Scott W. Allard)Journal of Policy Analysis Management, Vol. 22, No. 4 (fall 2003): 689-701.
  • “A Master of Public Administration Degree with Chinese Characteristics?” (co-author, Caroline Haiyan Tong) Journal of Public Affairs Education, Volume 9, No. 2 (April 2003): 105-115.
  • “Technical assistance to local governments in Hungary: the limits of best practice,” International Journal of Public Sector Management 14 (2001): 500-21.
  • “Chinese administrative reforms in international perspective,” (co-author, Mengzhong Zhang) International Journal of Public Sector Management 14 (2001): 411-22. former student, Syracuse University, currently staff at School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
  • “Mandates,” in Defining Public Administration, Jay M. Shafritz, ed. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2000.)
  • “A New Imperial Presidency? Insights from U.S. Involvement in Bosnia,” (co-author, William C. Banks) Political Science Quarterly114 (Summer 1999): 195-217. Reprinted in The New American Interventionism, Demetrios Caraley, ed. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999. . Former colleague, Professor of Law and Public Administration, Syracuse University
  • “Civil Service Reform in the People’s Republic of China: case studies of early implementation,” (co-authors, Caroline Haiyan Tong and Walter D. Broadnax) Public Administration and Development 19 (May 1999): 193-206. Former staff person, Executive Education Programs, Maxwell School, Syracuse University; Professor of Public Administration, Syracuse University
  • “Defense Contingency Budgeting in the Post-Cold-War World,” (co-author, William C. Banks) Public Administration Review 59 (March/April 1999): 135-46. Former colleague, Professor of Law and Public Administration, Syracuse University
  • “The Transferability of Managerial Repertoires,” Korea Public Administration Journal 6 (1997): 126-141.
  • “Innovation In A Post-Communist Environment: Preliminary Results From A Hungarian Project,” Discussion Papers, No. 1 Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (1997).
  • “Ideals and Reality in the Evolution of Fiscal Reform in Central and Eastern Europe,” Public Budgeting & Finance 16 (Summer 1996): 79-95.
  • “A szocialis segely ugyintezesenek dilemmai, helyi szinten,” (Dilemmas in social services case processesing, with Katalin Fabian) Esely 1 (1996): 43-49. Reprinted in Innovative Local Authorities. (Co-editor, Katalin Levai). Budapest, Hungary: Local Society Research Group, 1996.
  • “Confessions of a Renegade Grossian,” in Enduring Visions The Legacy of Bertram Gross, Stanley Moses, ed. Harlem & North River, NY: Butterfly Press, 1995.
  • “Managing the Transition: Financing Culture in the Czech Republic,” in Firm Behavior in Emerging Market Economies, Daniel S. Fogel, ed. Aldershot, UK: Avebury, 1995.
  • “Okun Revisited: Difficult Budgetary Choices in Rozsavaros,” (with Katalin Fabian and Agota Horvath) in Firm Behavior in Emerging Market Economies, Daniel S. Fogel, ed., Aldershot, UK: Avebury, 1995.
  • “Local Government Finance in Hungary: Okun Revisited,” (Co-author Katalin Fabian) Public Budgeting & Finance 14 (Winter 1994): 71-83.
  • “Judicial Intervention and Local Spending: The Case of Local Jails,” (Co-author William D. Duncombe) Policy Studies Journal 22 (Winter 1994): 604-16.
  • “Post-communist transition of local government in Hungary: managing emergency social aid,” (Co-author Katalin Fabian) Public Administration and Development 14 (1994): 271-280.
  • “Public Policy Analysis and Management as a Field of Professional Education,” AULA, 15 (1993/3): 84-94.
  • “The Impact Of Courts On The Decision To Expand Jail Capacity,” (Co-author William D. Duncombe). Administration & Society, 25 (November 1993): 267-292.
  • “The Stafford County Jail: A Case of Judicial Intervention in Public Management,” in Practical Exercises in Local Government Finance, (Chicago, IL: Government Finance Officers Association, 1993): 36-46.
  • “Management By Groping Along: The Limits of a Metaphor.” Governance, 6 (April 1993): 154-71.
  • “State Budgetary Processes: The Two Faces of Theory.” (Co-author Beverly S. Bunch). Public Budgeting And Financial Management, 5, 1 (1993): 9-36.
  • “The Impact of Courts on Public Management: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?” (Co-author Rosemary O’Leary) inPublic Management, Barry Bozeman, ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 1993.
  • “Statistical Laws of Confidence Versus Behavioral Response: How Individuals Respond to Public Management Decisions Involving Uncertainty.” (Co-author Stuart Bretschneider). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2 (July 1992): 333-46.
  • “A strategiai kozszolgalati menedzsment fogalma” (The Concept of Strategic Public Management). Vezetestudomany, 6 June 1992): 53-59.
  • “Budgeting Rights: The Case of Jail Litigation.” (Co-author Kurt Thurmaier). Public Budgeting & Finance 9 (Summer 1989): 30-42.
  • “Do revenue forecasts influence budget setting? A small group experiment.” (Co-authors Stuart Bretschneider and Daniel Mullins) Policy Sciences 21 (1988): 305-325.
  • “Rights Based Budgeting,” in New Directions in Budget Theory, Irene Rubin, ed., Albany: SUNY Press, 1988.
  • “Bowsher v. Synar: The Emerging Judicialization of the Fisc,” (Co-author William C. Banks), Boston College Law Review 28 (July 1987): 659-688.
  • “Courts and Public Purse Strings: Have Portraits of Budgeting Missed Something?” Public Administration Review 46 (July/August 1986): 345- 351. Reprinted in Government Budgeting, 3rd Edition, Albert C. Hyde, ed., Toronto: Wadsworth, 2002.
  • “Militancy, Union Penetration, and Fiscal Stress: Are They Really Related?” (Co author Robert C. Rodgers) in Urban Policy Problems, Mark S. Rosentraub, ed. New York: Praeger, 1986.
  • “Public Unions and Penalties for Striking Across the States,” (Co-authors Stuart Bretschneider and Robert C. Rodgers), Review of Public Personnel Administration 6 (Summer 1986): 19-36.
  • “Government Overload Revisited: The Case of the Federal Budget Deficit,” International Journal of Public Administration 8 No. 1 (1986): 79-102
  • “V. O. Key’s ‘The Lack of a Budgetary Theory’: Where Are We Now?” International Journal of Public Administration 7 No. 4 (1985): 345-374.
  • “Another Look at the Mandate Issue: Are Conditions of Aid Really So Burdensome?” (Co author Jane Massey). Public Administration Review 45 (March/April 1985): 292-300.
  • “What Factors Contribute to the Duration of Strikes by Public Employees?” (Co author Robert Rodgers). International Journal of Public Administration 6 No. 2 (1984): 183-199.
  • “Maximization, Markets and the Measurement of Productivity in the Public Sector,” (Co author Alexander Rosenberg) in New Directions in Public Administration. A slightly different version is published under the title, “Public Sector Monopolies” inProductivity and Public Policy, Marc Holzer and Stuart S. Nagel, eds. Beverly Hills: SAGE, 1984.
  • “Do Judges Determine Budget Decisions?” (Co author Linda Harriman). Public Administration Review 43 (July/August 1983): 343-351.
  • “Shrinking Budgets and the Shrinkage of Budget Theory,” (Co author Barry Bozeman). Public Administration Review 42 (November/December 1982): 509-515. Reprinted in Perspectives on Budgeting, 2nd Edition, Allen Schick, ed., Washington, D.C.: American Society for Public Administration, 1987.
  • “Organizational ‘Publicness’ and Resource Dependency,” (Co author Barry Bozeman). Organization Theory and Public Policy, Richard Hall and Robert Quinn, eds. Beverly Hills: SAGE, 1983.
  • “Budget Control Is Alive and Well: Case Study of a County Government,” (Co author Jane Massey) Public Budgeting & Finance l (Winter 1981): 3-11. Reprinted in New Directions in Public Administration.
  • “Quasi Market Alternatives to Local Government Service Provision,” The Urban Interest 3 (Spring 1981): 305. (Symposium editor. Includes an introduction and five articles.)
  • “Contracting for Social Services at the Local Level,” (Co author John Farie) The Urban Interest 3 (Spring 1981): 43-49.
  • “Spending More and Enjoying It Less On the Political Economy of Advanced Capitalism,” Comparative Politics 13 (January 1981): 235-252.
  • “More Bang for Fewer Bucks? Or How Local Governments Can Rediscover the Potentials (and Pitfalls) of the Market,” Public Administration Review 41 (January 1981): 150-158.
  • “Public Sector Unionism and Tax Burdens: Are They Related?” (Co author Robert Rodgers) Policy Studies Journal 8 (Winter 1979): 438-448. Reprinted in Employment and Labor-Relations Policy, Charles Bulmer and John L. Carmichael, Jr., eds., Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1980.
  • “A Typology of Budgetary Environments: Notes on the Prospects of Reform,” Administration and Society 11 (August 1979): 216-226. Reprinted in Public Budgeting & Finance, Robert T. Golembiewski and Jack Rabin, eds. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1983.
  • “The Adoption of Budget Reform: How One Agency Drifted Toward ZBB,” (Co author Glen E. Hahn) in Zero-Base Budgeting in State and Local Government. John A. Worthley and William G. Ludwin, eds., New York: Praeger, 1979).
  • “Budget ‘Reform’ as a Technique of Managerial Assertiveness,” (Co author Glen E. Hahn) Public Administration Review 38 (November/December 1978): 584-588. “The ‘Reserve Army’ of the Unemployed Revisited,” Society 14 (March/April 1977): 40-45.
  • “Technocratic Counsel and Societal Guidance,” in Politics and the Future of Industrial Society, edited by Leon N. Lindberg, New York: David McKay, 1976.
  • “What Did Tomorrow’s Future Look Like Yesterday?” Comparative Politics 8 (October 1975): 166-82.
  • “Full Employment Growthmanship and the Expansion of Labor Supply,” (Co author Bertram M. Gross), The Annals 418 (March 1975) 1-12.
  • “The Social Indicators Movement,” (Co author Bertram M. Gross), Social Policy V (September/October 1974): 43-54, 1973.


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