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ISTPP Fellow Bowman and ISTPP Director Portney Present at APSA

Drs. Bowman and Portney presented their research, co-authored with Dr. Jeffrey Berry, at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in San Francisco, CA, September 3, 2017. In their paper, “Multilevel Collaboration in Designing and Managing Sustainability Policy,” the researchers seek to expand the understanding of the relationship between multilevel governance systems and cooperation, or lack thereof, in the development of city sustainability policies. To do this, the authors analyzed data from a survey of administrators in the 50 largest cities in the United States. This survey measured varying aspects of multilevel governance and each city’s drive towards creating a more sustainable environment. The researchers find that there is little to no effect of multilevel governance collaboration on the enactment of sustainability policies. The results also suggest that when multiple levels of government are involved in policy making, it sometimes acts as a hindrance to the enactment of sustainability policy. Drs. Bowman, Portney, and Berry suggest that future research into the relationship between multilevel governance and sustainability policy needs to take into consideration the roles that administrators at each level of government have in the overall policy process.