Dr Bruce D. McDonald III

Associate Professor

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Bruce D. McDonald III is an associate professor of public budgeting and finance in the Department of Public Administration at North Carolina State University. Currently, he serves as the editor in chief of Public Administration and the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Affairs Education. A graduate of Florida State University and the London School of Economics, his current research focuses on issues of defense finance and human capital, the measurement of fiscal health within local governments, and the intellectual history of public administration field. His research has appeared in the American Review of Public AdministrationJournal of Public Administration Research and TheoryPublic Administration Review, and the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, among others.

Extension and Community Engagement

Public Administration, Editor-in-Chief

Journal of Public Affairs Education, co-Editor-in-Chief

North Carolina Public Administration Alliance, President

Regions Beyond International, Board of Directors


Goodman, C. B., Hatch, M. E., & McDonald, B. D. (Forthcoming). State Preemption of Local Laws: Origins and Modern Trends. Perspectives on Public Management and Governance.

McDonald, B. D., & Goodman, C. B. (Forthcoming). The Truth about Honesty in the Nonprofit Sector. Public Administration Quarterly.

McDonald, B. D., Decker, J. W., & Johnson, B. A. M. (Forthcoming). You Don’t Always Get What You Want: The Effect of Financial Incentives on State Fiscal Health. Public Administration Review.

McDonald, B. D. (Forthcoming). A Human Capital Model of the Defense-Growth Relationship. Social Science Journal.

McDonald, B. D., & Larson, S. E. (2020). Implications of the Coronavirus on Sales Tax Revenue and Local Government Fiscal Health. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 6(3), 377-400.

Gabrini, C. J., McDonald, B. D., & Eger, R. J. (2020). Does the Presence of an Internal Audit Affect the Outcome of a Municipality’s Audit of Its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report? Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 22(10), 124-137

McDonald, B. D., & Maher, C. S. (2019). Do We Really Need Another Municipal Fiscal Health Analysis? Assessing the Effectiveness of Fiscal Health Systems. Public Finance and Management, 19(4), 268-291.

McDonald, B. D. (2019). The Challenges and Implications of Fiscal Health. South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business, 15(2), 78-99.

McDonald, B. D. (2018). Local Governance and the Issue of Fiscal Health. State and Local Government Review, 50(1), 46-55.

Kim, J., McDonald, B. D., & Lee, J. (2018). The Nexus of State and Local Capacity in Vertical Policy Diffusion. American Review of Public Administration, 48(2), 188-200.

Eger, R. J., McDonald, B. D., Miller, D. R. (2017). Helpful Local Surtaxes? Florida and Disadvantaged Families. Local Government Studies, 43(2), 170-193.

McDonald, B. D. (2015). Does the Charter Form Improve the Fiscal Health of Counties? Public Administration Review, 75(4), 609-618.

McDonald, B. D. (2015). A ‘Dirty’ Approach to Efficient Revenue Forecasting. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 1(1), 3-17.

McDonald, B. D., & Gabrini, C. J. (2014). Determinants of Charter County Decisions: An Event History Analysis of Florida Counties.  Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 24(4), 721-739.

Eger, R. J., & McDonald, B. D. (2012). Moving Toward Comparability: Assessing per-Student Costs in K-12.  Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, 24(4), 609-638.


  • Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida State University, 2011
  • M.Ed. in Training and Development from North Carolina State University, 2020
  • M.Sc. in Economic History from London School of Economics, 2006
  • M.A. in Peace and Conflict Resolution from American Military University, 2004
  • B.A. in Communications from Mercer University, 2003