Angela Young-Shin Park Receives the 2020 Leonard D. White Award

The Leonard D. White Award is presented annually by the American Political Science Association (APSA) to honor the best doctoral dissertation in the field of public administration.

Angela Young-Shin Park is an assistant professor in the department of political science at Kansas State University.  Angela’s research focuses on local governance and performance management especially in the context of urban sustainability and environmental justice issues.  She is especially interested in understanding how local institutions forge interagency collaborative ties and to what extent these collaborations matter for advancing local sustainability initiatives and outcomes.  Her recent work, titled “Does Collaboration Improve Organizational Efficiency? A Stochastic Frontier Approach Examining Cities’ Use of EECBG Funds” was recently featured in the Emerging Scholars issue of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.  She was also a Staats Emerging Scholar selected by Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) in 2018.  Angela is currently collaborating with scholars from several Asian-pacific countries in order to conduct a cross-country study on the implementation of climate change and renewable energy policies.  Prior to entering academia, she worked in the field of human rights and higher education with various governmental and non-governmental organizations both in Australia and South Korea.  She is a travel enthusiast.  In her free time, she also enjoys hiking and doing all sorts of silly things with her daughter, Lena.

Citation from the Award Committee:

Dr. Park’s dissertation, “Beyond Adoption: The Influence of Local Institutional Arrangements on Sustainability Policy Implementation and Management,” examines the role that institutional arrangements play in supporting the successful implementation of sustainability programs by local governments.  As the dissertation explains, sustainability initiatives aim to simultaneously advance economic, environmental, and equity goals.  The importance of sustainability effortsand the risk that they may fail due to the challenging, cross-department collaboration that they typically requiremake it important to study which factors correlate to successful sustainability policy implementation.  Dr. Park’s dissertation studies this question through three papers, which respectively focus on the policy implementation stage, the policy evaluation stage, and the use of performance information in sustainability management

The dissertation makes contributions to research on public management and collaborative governance, and the findings also have the potential to inform the practice of public administration in local government.  The committee was also impressed by the close fit between the research question that each chapter set out to investigate and the data used in the analyses, and by the clear writing style used throughout.

APSA thanks the University of Chicago for its support of the award and the committee members for their service: Dr. Jacqueline M. Chattopadhyay (chair), University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Dr. Daniel P. Hawes, Kent State University; and Dr. Jessica N. Terman, George Mason University.