Benjamin 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, COVID-19, Coronavirus
Phone: 541-346-7320
Office: 236 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
  • COVID-19 Pandemic

Courses and Seminars

  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • MPA Capstone
  • Public Management

Publications (peer-reviewed)

Benjamin Y. Clark. (2020). “The Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles on Local Government Budgeting and Finance: Case of Solid Waste Collection.” Accepted for publication in the National Tax Journal, 73 (1), 259–282.

Benjamin Y. Clark, Jeffrey L. Brudney, Sung-Gheel Jang, and Bradford Davy. (TBD) “Determinants of 311 response time biases. A Study of 20 US Cities.” Accepted for publication in American Review of Public Administration, 50(3), 315–327.

Benjamin Y. Clark and Jeffrey L. Brudney. (2019). “Citizen Representation in City Government-Driven Crowdsourcing.” Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 28(5): 883–910.

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 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.


Book Chapters

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. (2021). “Co-Assessment through Digital Technologies.” A chapter in “The Palgrave Handbook on Co-Production of Public Services and Outcomes.” Pages 429-449. 
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 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

Serena Alexander, Asha Weinstein Agrawal, and Benjamin Y. Clark. (2021). Local Climate Action Planning as a Tool to Harness the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mitigation and Equity Potential of Autonomous Vehicles and On-Demand Mobility. Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose State University. 
Benjamin Y. Clark and Parker, Robert. (2020). COVID-19 Masking, Social Distancing & Vaccines: Results from a Random Sample Survey of Oregon Residents (December 20, 2020). Available at SSRN:  
Benjamin Y. Clark, Robert Parker, and Tim Duy. (2020). “The Roadmap to Keeping Oregon Open Part I: Establishing the COVID-19 Capacity for Testing and Contact Tracing Required to Keep the State Safe and Open.” SSRN Scholarly Paper ID 3600638. Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network. 
Robert Parker, Josh Bruce, Tyler Bump, Matt Craigie, John Tapogna, Benjamin Y. Clark, and Tim Duy. (2020). “Responding to the Economic Impacts of Coronavirus: A Proposed Oregon Economic Recovery and Resilience Framework.” SSRN Scholarly Paper ID 3600629. Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network.

Benjamin Y. Clark. (2019). How Will Autonomous Vehicles Change Local Government Budgeting and Finance? Case Studies of On-Street Parking, Curb Management, and Solid Waste Collection. NITC-SS-1174. Portland, OR: Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC). Project data available:

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.