Welcome to my somewhat pathetic website.  As of July 2018 I am a Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Penn State.  My teaching and research interests are in public policy, public administration and American politics.

Here is my CV: Witko CV         Let me know if you have any questions or I can help you with data, etc.: witko@psu.edu

Research

Book - The New Economic Populism: How States Respond to Economic Inequality (with Bill Franko). Oxford University Press.

Winner of the Virginia Gray Best Book Award from the State Politics and Policy Section of APSA.

Get more info and order it here

Some Current Research Projects:

I have a number of research projects underway, here are some examples: 
  • Why does Congress prioritize certain economic problems over others? (with Jana Morgan, Peter Enns and Nate Kelly)
  • Why are individuals with industry backgrounds appointed to regulatory posts, and what effect does this have on regulatory decisions? (with Susan Miller)
  • I am part of a large, multi-country research project, PAIRDEM, directed by Elin Allern that examines the nature and determinants of relationships between parties and interests groups in affluent democracies.  We will ultimately examine the implications of these relationships for policy  outcomes.  This project is supported by the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Research Council. 

Some Fairly Recent Papers and Articles

"How the Unorganized Mass Public (Sometimes) Gets Represented in Regulatory Politics." Forthcoming
at Political Research Quarterly (with Susan Miller and Neal D. Woods).  Available here

"Income Inequality and the Growth of Redistributive Spending in the U.S. States: Is There a Link?"
Forthcoming at Journal of Public Policy (with . Temirlan Moldogaziev and Jamie Monogan). Available here

"State Responses to U.S. Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decisions." 2017.  Publius: The Journal of Federalism 47(3): 467-490. (with Chris Kulesza, and Michael Miller). Available here

"Regulation and Upper Class Bias in Campaign Finance Systems." Election Law Journal 16(1): 6-20. Available here

"The Politics of Financialization in the United States, 1949-2005."  2016. British Journal of Political Science.  Available here: witkoFinancializationBJPS.pdf

"Conditional Status Quo Bias and Top Income Shares: How U.S. Political Institutions Have Benefitted the Rich." Journal of Politics (with Peter Enns, Nate Kelly, Jana Morgan and Tom Volscho). Available here: csqb.pdf

"Inequality, Self-interest and Public Support for "Robin Hood" Tax Policies." (with Bill Franko and Caroline Tolbert). Political Research Quarterly   Available here: PRQsubfinalweb.pdf

"Party Government and Variation in Corporate Influence on Agency Decision Making: OSHA Regulation, 1981–2006."  Available here:  OSHAweb.pdf

"Campaign Contributions, Access and Government Contracting." Available here: 

contributionscontracts.pdf

"The Ecology of Party-Organized Interest Relationships."  Available here: WitkoPolity09.pdf 

"Business Backgrounds and Congressional Decision-making." (with Sally Friedman):  Available Here: Witko and Friedman CP_Spring08.pdf

Data

You can access replication data and files from published papers at my dataverse page

State Campaign Finance Regulatory Stringency 1992-2012

If you cannot find what you are looking for or otherwise need assistance just contact me at: witko@psu.edu









Teaching  

MPA Classes: 

Public Data Analysis:
  • This class is designed to teach managers in the government and non-profit sectors how to analyze, interpret and present data.
  • The audience is MPA students 
  • Here is a copy of the syllabus:  771syllabus.pdf

Public Finance:
  • This class is designed to teach managers in the government and non-profit sectors about the public sector budget process and to provide tools that they can use in managing the finances of their organizations.
  • The audience is MPA students   
  • Here is a copy of the syllabus: 775syllabus.pdf

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