Steven Balla

Steven J. Balla

Associate Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs
Monroe 475
Phone: 202-994-4811
Fax: 202-994-7743
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

American Politics (bureaucracy, separation of powers, federalism, public participation, technology and politics, policymaking) and Comparative Politics (Chinese politics and policymaking)

The central focus of Dr. Balla's research is the structure and process of policy making in China and the United States. He is specifically interested in the ways in which public officials solicit feedback on policy proposals from individuals and organizations outside of government, as well as the nature of the feedback that is received and the responsiveness of decision makers to this feedback. He has published articles in such journals as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Journal of Public Policy, and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. He the co-author (with William T. Gormley, Jr.) of Bureaucracy and Democracy: Accountability and Performance (CQ Press), and co-editor (with Martin Lodge and Edward C. Page) of The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy and Administration. During the 2015-2016 academic year, he served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Nankai University Zhou Enlai School of Government. During the 2008-2009 academic year, He served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Peking University School of Government.


Ph.D., Duke University, 1995



2015. The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy and Administration. With Martin Lodge and Edward C. Page, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2015. “Salience, Complexity, and State Resistance to Federal Mandates.” With Christopher J. Deering. Journal of Public Policy. Vol. 35, No. 3 (December), pp. 459-476.

2015. “Procedural Control, Bureaucratic Discretion, and Public Commenting on Agency Regulations.” Public Administration. Vol. 93, No. 2, pp. 524-538. 

2015. “Government Consultation and Political Participation on the Chinese Internet.” In China’s Contested Internet, ed. Guobin Yang. Copenhagen, DK: NAIS Press.

Office Hours

Thursday 11:30am-1:00pm and by appt.

Classes Taught

PSC 2101 Scope and Methods in Political Science

PSC 8229 Politics and Public Policy

PSC 8217 Executive Branch Politics

PSC 3193W Politics of Regulation