Goerdel, Holly T.

Associate Professor of Public Administration
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Following her earlier research on the contributions of public management and collaboration to organizational performance, she is investigating the importance of public management in supporting democracy when State’s commodify security through wartime contracts. With a focus on managing accountability in wartime contracting, she is addressing three broader questions: When do market allocations by the state help democracy achieve its aims? When do market allocations by the state do harm to democratic systems? And, what role does public management play in negotiating democratic effectiveness through the contracting production function? This research builds on previous theoretical and empirical connections made by Dr. Goerdel between public management and security governance in the areas of terrorism information-sharing, cybersecurity, and homeland security funding. Dr. Goerdel earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at Texas A&M University and is coeditor for the Journal of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. Her research has been competitively funded internally and externally and is published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Performance & Management Review, Publius, in university press book chapters and in government reports.


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