Ben Clark

Associate Professor
Planning, Public Policy and Management
Research Interests:
Coproduction, Crowdsourcing, Autonomous Vehicles, Public Budgeting & Finance, Public Management, Public Administration, 311 Systems, Local Government
Phone: 541-346-7320
Office: 105 Hendricks Hall

Full CV with detailed publication list available here:


  • PhD (public administration), University of Georgia, Athens, GA (2009)
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA), Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (2000)
  • BA (political science), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (1999)

Research Interests


  • Coproduction
  • Public Sector Crowdsourcing
  • Secondary Effects of Autonomous Vehicles
  • Citizen Engagement
  • Local Government Management
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • Public Management

Courses and Seminars

  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • MPA Capstone
  • Public Management


Benjamin Y. Clark and Jeffrey L. Brudney. (2018). “Citizen Representation in City Government-Driven Crowdsourcing.” Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Online First.

Benjamin Y. Clark and Tatyana Guzman. (2017) “Does Local Government Coproduction Lead to Budget Adjustments? An Investigation of Boston, MA and San Francisco, CA.” American Review of Public Administration, 47(8) 945–961.

Benjamin Y. Clark, Nicholas Zingale, Joseph Logan, & Jeffrey Brudney. (2016) “A Framework for Using Crowdsourcing in Government.” International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age, 3(4): 57-75.

Benjamin Y. Clark. (2015) “Evaluating the Validity and Reliability of the Financial Condition Index at the Local Level.” Public Budgeting and Finance, 35(2): 66-68.

Benjamin Y. Clark, Jeffrey Brudney, and Sung-Gheel Jang. (2013). “Coproduction of Government Services and the New Information Technology: Investigating the Distributional Biases.” Public Administration Review, 73 (5): 687-701.

Benjamin Y. Clark. (2013). “Multilateral, regional, and national determinants of policy adoption: The case of HIV/AIDS legislative action.” International Journal of Public Health, 58 (2): 285-293.

Benjamin Y. Clark and Jared Llorens. (2012). “Investments in Scientific Research: Examining the Funding Threshold Effects on Scientific Collaboration & Variation by Academic Discipline.” Policy Studies Journal, 40(4): 698-729.

Benjamin Y. Clark. (2011). “Influences and Conflicts of Federal Policies in Academic-Industrial Scientific Collaboration.” Journal of Technology Transfer, 36(5): 514-545.

Benjamin Y. Clark and Andrew B. Whitford. (2011). “Does More Federal Environmental Funding Increase Or Decrease States Efforts?” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 30 (1): 136–152.

Benjamin Y. Clark. (2010). “The Effects of Government Academic and Industrial Policy on Cross-University Collaboration.” Science and Public Policy, 37(5): 314-330.

Benjamin Y. Clark. (2009). “Policy Adoption in Dynamic International Environments: Evidence from National AIDS Programs.” Public Administration and Development, 29(5): 362–373.

Hardee, Benjamin Y. Clark, Victor Yuan, Tim Manchester, Amy Qi, Sarah E. K. Bradley, and Zoe Shen. (2009). “Chinese Public Opinion on Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors Related to HIV/AIDS: The Factors That Influence Stigma and Discrimination.” Asia-Pacific Population Journal, 24(2): 7-23.

Andrew B. Whitford and Benjamin Y. Clark. (2007). “Designing Property Rights for Water: Mediating Market, Government, and Corporate Failures.” Policy Sciences, 40(4): 335–351.

Book Chapters

Benjamin Y. Clark and Rebecca Lewis. (2018). “Future Transport and City Budgets: Getting Bottom-Line Savvy In An Uncertain Future.” A chapter in “Toward Just and Sustainable Mobilities: Driverless Cars, Transport Innovation and the City of Tomorrow.” Edited by Williams Riggs. Routledge
Benjamin Y. Clark and Jeffrey L. Brudney. (TBD). “Too Much of a Good Thing? Frequent Flyers and the Implications for the Coproduction of Public Service Delivery.” A chapter in “Research Handbook on E-Government.” Edited by Eric Welch. Cheltenham, United Kingdom, Edward Elgar Publishers.

Benjamin Y. Clark and Maria Shurik. (2016). “Improving Citizen Satisfaction with Local Government using 311 Systems: Case of San Francisco, California.” A chapter in “Innovations In The Public And Nonprofit Sectors: A Public Solutions Handbook.” Edited by Ed Gibson and Patria Julnes. To be published by ME Sharpe.

Kathryn Hexter, Edward Hill, Benjamin Y. Clark, Brian Mikelbank, and Charles Post. (2015). “Revitalizing Distressed Older Suburbs: Case Studies in Alabama, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania” A Chapter in “The New American Suburb: Poverty, Race and the Mortgage Crisis.” Edited by Katrin Anacker. London, UK: Ashgate Publishers.

Benjamin Y. Clark. (2014). “Can Tax Expenditures Stimulate Growth in Rust Belt Cities?” A chapter in “The Road From the Rustbelt: From Preeminence to Decline to Prosperity.” Edited by William Bowen. Kalamazoo, MI: Upjohn Institute Press.

Other Publications and Government Reports

Benjamin Y. Clark, Nico Larco, and Roberta F. Mann. (2017). “The Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles and E-Commerce on Local Government Budgeting and Finance.” Urbanism Next, Sustainable Cities Initiative, University of Oregon.
Serena Alexander and Benjamin Y. Clark. (2016). “The Benefits, Challenges, and Impediments of Greywater Use in EPA Region 5.” Cleveland, OH: Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center/Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Andrew R. Thomas, Benjamin Y. Clark, and Allan Immonen. (2015). "Opportunities for Stationary Fuel Cell Applications in Ohio: Public Finance and Other Strategies" Urban Publications. Paper 1323.

Walter Valdivia and Benjamin Y. Clark. (2015). “Federal R&D Expenditures: Testing the Punctuated Equilibrium Theory.” Brookings Institution, June 17.

Karen Hardee, Imelda Feranil, Jill Boezwinkle, and Benjamin Clark. (2004). “POLICY Working Paper Series No. 11: The Policy Circle.” Washington, DC: The POLICY Project, Futures Group International.

Arnab Acharya and Benjamin Clark, with Steven Forsythe. (2004) “Budget for HIV/AIDS-related Activities in Tanzania for Seven Key Ministries: Report from the Medium Term Expenditure Framework, 2004/05.” Washington, DC: The POLICY Project, Futures Group International. Prepared for USAID and the Tanzania Parliamentary AIDS Coalition.

Lisa Packer, Lesmalene Morris, Sophia Taylor, Jacqueline J. McGregor, Charmaine Leckie. Karen Hardee, Kathy McClure, Margaret Rowan, Carol Shepherd, and Ben Clark. (2004). “Determining the Feasibility and Potential Scope of Integration of Reproductive Health (FP/MCH/STI/HIV) Services, Using Portland and St. Ann’s Bay as Pilot Sites.” Washington, DC: The POLICY Project, Futures Group International. Prepared for USAID.

Arnab Acharya, Benjamin Clark, Steven Forsythe, John Stover, Janet Edmond, Gilbert Kombe, and Owen Smith. (2003). “Projecting the Expected Prevention and Mitigation Achievements and Potential Constraints: Modeling the Use of Resources under the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.” The POLICY Project, Futures Group International. Prepared for USAID, Office of HIV/AIDS.

A. Bhuyan, A. Deng, and Benjamin Clark. (2002). “Local Efforts Make a World of Difference.” Global AIDSLink, 73.