Robert Nakamura

Robert Nakamura, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Specialization: Public Policy & Legislative Development
Department of Political Science

Curriculum Vitae

About Professor Nakamura

Prof. Nakamura (BA 1967, MA 1968 and PhD, 1975 from the University of California, Berkeley) joined the University at Albany faculty in 1984. Prior to that he taught at Dartmouth College for twelve years. His interest in policy implementation began as a student at Berkeley, and he has since conducted implementation studies of programs to improve urban education, promote American imports to Japan, assist the homeless, clean up Superfund sites, locate power plants, and deal with hazardous waste in Europe. Since the early 1990s, Prof. Nakamura has also been involved in legislative assistance programs. He has worked with parliaments in over two dozen countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the South Pacific for the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.K. Department of Foreign and International Development, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank Institute and others. This work has included parliamentary needs assessments, the planning of assistance programs, implementation of technical assistance efforts, and assessment of the effects of assistance efforts. He has also served as the National Democratic Institute’s Country Director for Nigeria and Director of the Rockefeller College’s Center for Legislative Development. He is currently working on comparing implementation outcomes from three commonly applied approaches to legislative assistance in democratization programs: an institutional capacity building focused on the staff, a party based strategy emphasizing the development of programmatic legislative parties and nurturing ties to constituents, and efforts to deepen civil society involvement in legislative advocacy and program oversight. This work will draw on a comparative case study approach developed for his earlier study of how Superfund’s alternative strategies have functioned in federal regional operations.

Selected Publications

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