Doctoral Dissertation Research: The Distributive Properties of the Bureaucracy


Michael Ting
Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science
Tara Slough
PhD Student


The hiring of public sector employees is an important part of the bureaucratic process. Political incentives to target government jobs to certain populations or constituencies have the potential to influence the manner in which these jobs, as well as public goods, are distributed. Thus, understanding the distribution of bureaucratic jobs can provide insight into the functioning of governance. The project will examine interactions between the legislature and bureaucracy, as well as constituent relations and political incentives, to study the distribution of bureaucratic jobs.