Benedict Jimenez

Areas of Study

Benedict S. Jimenez (PhD, University of Illinois) is the recipient of the 2014 Clarence N. Stone Early Career Scholar Award and the 2013 Paul A. Volcker Junior Scholar Award from the American Political Science Association, and the 2009 Donald C. Stone Junior Scholar Award from the American Society for Public Administration. He is an external member of the Municipal Fiscal Health Analysis Working Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Formerly Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, his research examines how sub-national governments finance, manage and provide local public goods. He studies these issues in the U.S. and in the context of developing countries. Using theories and concepts from organization theory and public management, and public finance and budgeting, Benedict’s research has explored three distinct but inter-related areas of inquiries in the fields of state and local public management and finance:

Research area 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 (competition or cooperation) influence the financing and provision of public services.

Research area 2: How management processes (performance management, strategic planning, and decision processes and structures) affect the fiscal performance of state and local governments.

Research area 3: How citizens and information technology shape the process and substance of local decision-making, including fiscal policymaking.

Current Research Project

Benedict is currently directing a national survey that examines how public management, fiscal, and institutional variables influence the process and outcomes of fiscal retrenchment in cities after the 2007-09 Great Recession.

Selected Publications

Most of the papers can be downloaded from the Social Science Research Network

19)Jimenez, B.S.(2014) Performance management and deficit adjustment in municipal governments: An exploratory study. Public Administration Quarterly, forthcoming
18) Jimenez, B.S. (2014) Externalities in the fragmented metropolis: Local institutional choices and the efficiency-equity tradeoff. American Review of Public Administration, forthcoming
17) Jimenez, B.S. (2014) Smart cuts? Strategic planning, performance management and fiscal retrenchment in U.S. cities. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, forthcoming
16) Jimenez, B.S. (2014) The fiscal performance of multi-level local governments. Public Finance Review. Published online before print on 22 July 2014, doi: 10.1177/1091142114535836
15) +Jimenez, B.S. (2014) Separate, unequal and ignored?: Inter-jurisdictional competition and the budgetary choices of poor and affluent municipalities. Public Administration Review 74(2): 246-57.
+This paper was cited in an article in the Journalist Resource Project based at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center, and appeared as a short article in the Public Policy Group of the London School of Economics and Political Science
14) Jimenez, B.S. (2014) City government: Strategic management and fiscal health. In P. Joyce, J. Bryson, and M. Holzer (Eds.) Developments in strategic and public management: Studies in the U.S. and Europe. London: Palgrave Macmillan
13) Jimenez, B.S. (2013) Raise taxes, cut services, or lay off staff: Citizens in the fiscal retrenchment process. Journal ofPublic Administration Research and Theory. First published online on April 1, 2013, doi: 10.1093/jopart/mut018
12) Jimenez, B.S. (2013) Strategic planning and the fiscal performance of city governments during the Great Recession. American Review of Public Administration 43(5): 581-601.
11) Mossberger, K., C.J. Tolbert, D. Bowen, and B.S. Jimenez. (2012) Unraveling differences in barriers to technology use. Urban Affairs Review 48(6): 771-810
10) 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
9) 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
7) Hendrick, R., B.S. Jimenez, and K. Lal. (2011) Does local government fragmentation affect local spending? Urban Affairs Review 47(4): 467-510
6) 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.
5) +Jimenez, B.S. and R. Hendrick. (2010) Is government consolidation the answer?State and Local Government Review 42(3): 258-270.
+Reprinted in Smith, K. (Ed.) 2011. State and Local Government, 2011-2012. London: Sage
4) Jimenez, B.S., C. Hulse and M.A. Pagano. (2010) New partnerships for the new economy. Briefing paper Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago.
3) 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
2) 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.
1) Mossberger, K. and B.S. Jimenez (2009) Can e-government promote civic engagement?: A study of local government websites in Illinois and the U.S. Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, University of Illinois at Chicago.

 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

Public Budgeting and Taxation (Undergraduate)
Public Budgeting and Financial Management (MPA)
Economic Analysis and Institutions (MPA)
Performance Measurement and Contracting in the Public Sector (MPA)
Advanced Quantitative Techniques (Ph.D.)