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University of Miami
local government, city management, human resources, fiscal health, manager turnover, political institutions, public management, public administration, public policy
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Dr. Connolly’s research focuses on local government, political institutions, and public management. She has examined the risks and rewards of city management, specifically the way that city managers evaluate the nature of the job and negotiate to shift career risk onto local government councils via employment contracts. Her most recent project connects the study of institutions with public management and public finance at the local level by examining how turnover among city managers has influenced local fiscal health in the wake of the Great Recession. She has written on the role of elected official ideology in determining local government resource allocation priorities, local government recruitment of city managers, electoral ambition among local elected officials, and the adoption of e-government technologies at the local government level.

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“Measuring Agency Attributes with Attitudes Across Time: A Method and Examples Using Large-Scale Federal Surveys.” With Anthony Bertelli, David Gastwirth, and Dyana Mason. Forthcoming. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 2013 (doi: 10.1093/jopart/mut040).

“Distributive Politics and Public Management: Funding of the Arts in the UK.” With Anthony Bertelli, Dyana Mason, and Lilian Conover. International Journal of Cultural Policy. Volume 20, Issue 3. (doi: 10.1080/10286632.2013.786057)


 In Defense of Severance: Risk and Protection in Local Public Management. Manuscript Under Revision.


The Upside of Managerial Turnover: How a Change in City Manager Impacts Local Fiscal Health.” Revise and Resubmit Granted (08/18/2015) at the Public Administration Review.

“The Impact of Local Politics on the Principal-Agent Relationship between Council and Manager in Municipal Government” Revise and Resubmit Granted (09/21/2015) by the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

“Ideology and Local Public Expenditure Priorities.” with Dyana Mason. Revise and Resubmit Granted (10/18/2015) at Political Research Quarterly.

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