Benedict Jimenez

Areas of Study

Benedict S. Jimenez, PhD (University of Illinois, 2010) is the recipient of the Donald C. Stone Junior Scholar Award (2009) from the American Society for Public Administration, and the Paul A. Volcker Junior Scholar Award (2013) from the American Political Science Association. Formerly Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, his research examines how sub-national governments finance and manage the provision of local public goods. He studies these issues in the U.S. and in the context of developing countries. Using theories and concepts from public finance and budgeting, organization theory and institutional analysis, Benedict’s research has explored three distinct but inter-related areas of inquiries in the fields of state and local public finance and management:

1)     How the structure of the state and local public sector (fiscal decentralization, local government fragmentation) and the relationship among levels and types of governments influence the financing and provision of public services;
2)     How management practices and processes (such as performance management and strategic planning) affect the fiscal performance of state and local governments; and
3)     How citizens and information technology shape the process and substance of local decision-making, including fiscal policymaking.

Selected Publications

1)    Jimenez, B.S. (n.d.) Raise taxes, cut services, or lay off staff: Citizens in the fiscal retrenchment process. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Published online before print as doi 10.1093/jopart/mut018
2)    Jimenez, B.S. (n.d.) Smart cuts? Strategic planning, performance management and fiscal retrenchment in U.S. cities. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, forthcoming
3)    Jimenez, B.S. (n.d.) City government: Strategic management and fiscal health. In J. Bryson, M. Holzer and P. Joyce (Eds.) Developments in strategic and public management. Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming
4)    Jimenez, B.S. (n.d.) Strategic planning and the fiscal performance of city governments during the Great Recession. American Review of Public Administration. Published online before print as doi 10.1177/0275074012451051
5)    Mossberger, K., C.J. Tolbert, D. Bowen, and B.S. Jimenez. Unraveling differences in barriers to technology use. (2012) Urban Affairs Review 48(6): 771-810
6)    Jimenez, B.S. and M.A. Pagano. (2012) What factors affect management quality?: State infrastructure management and the Government Performance Project. Public Works Management and Policy 17(2): 124-51
7)    Jimenez, B.S., K. Mossberger and Y. Wu. (2012) Municipal government and the interactive web: Trends and issues for civic engagement. In M. Holzer and A. Manoharan (Eds.) E-governance and civic engagement: Factors and determinants of e-democracy. Hershey, PA: IGI Global
8)    Jimenez, B.S. (2011) Management quality and state bond ratings: Exploring the links between public management and fiscal outcomes. International Journal of Public Administration 34(12): 783–799
9)    Hendrick, R., B.S. Jimenez, and K. Lal. (2011) Does local government fragmentation affect local spending? Urban Affairs Review 47(4): 467-510
10) Lee G. and B.S. Jimenez. (2011) Does performance management make a difference in job turnover in public agencies? American Review of Public Administration 41(2): 168-184.
11) Jimenez, B.S. and R. Hendrick. (2010) Is government consolidation the answer? State and Local Government Review 42(3): 258-270.
12) Jimenez, B.S. (2009) Fiscal stress and the allocation of expenditure responsibilities between state and local governments: An exploratory study. State and Local Government Review 41(2): 81-94
13) Jimenez, B.S. (2009) Anatomy of autonomy: Assessing the administrative capacity and external environment of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Asian Politics and Policy 1(2): 282-306.

Selected Professional Activities

Benedict is a member of the American Society for Public Administration, American Political Science Association, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, Public Management Research Association, and the Academy of Management, and has presented the results of his research in the national and international conferences of these academic and professional organizations.

Upcoming and Recent Courses Taught

1)    Public Budgeting and Financial Management (Graduate)
2)    Public Budgeting and Taxation (Undergraduate)