Exploring Political-Economic Possibilities in Public Policy

Public policy research at University at Albany touches upon a broad range of disciplines, including education, public health, international affairs, and social welfare, with interdisciplinary programs also engaging experts in such fields as computing and information sciences, sociology and psychology. These investigations often serve not only government policymakers, but also those of industry and the nonprofit sector.

Yvonne D. Harrison of the Department of Public Administration & Policy has developed an on-line self-assessment diagnostic tool to enable nonprofit organi- zation boards to evaluate themselves and obtain best-practices strategies to improve overall board performance.

Public Policy Associate Professor Ik Jae Chung's recent work focuses on policy that impacts the efficacy of solid waste management and its level of environmental risk.

Theresa Pardo, director of UAlbany's Center for Technology in Government, is developing models of social and technical interactions in cross-boundary information-sharing and integration. Her work has gained support from government and international corporations, including Microsoft and SAP.

In addition, UAlbany public policy researchers in the last year have tackled such current critical political-economic topics as the effects of terrorism upon national elections, outcomes of economic sanctions upon rogue nations, and the workings and effectiveness of the Federal Reserve Board.

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