Dr Bruce D. McDonald III

Associate Professor

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Biography

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 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 Annual Review of Political and Military SociologyJournal of Public Administration Research and TheoryPublic Administration Review, and the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, among others.

Projects

"You Don’t Always Get What You Want: The Effect of Financial Incentives on State Fiscal Health" with J.W. Decker and Brad A.M. Johnson.

"The Fiscal Health of U.S. Cities" with Craig S. Maher and Stephen C. Deller.

"Understanding the Charter Adoption Decision: A Tale of Three Counties" with Carl J. Gabrini and J.W. Decker.

"Citizen Engagement and Fiscal Health" with Brad A.M. Johnson.

Extension and Community Engagement

North Carolina Public Administration Alliance, President

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, Small Programs Committee Co-Chair

Triangle Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, President

Regions Beyond International, Board of Directors

Publications

Jin, M. H., & McDonald, B. D. (2019). Making Public Service Motivation Count for Increasing Organizational Fit: The Role of Followership Behavior and Leader Support as a Causal Mechanism. International Review of Administration Sciences, 85(1), 98-115.

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

Diebold, J., Reitano, V., & McDonald, B. D. (2018). Sweat the Small Stuff: Strategic Selection of Pension Policies Used to Defer Required Contributions. Contemporary Economic Policy, 36(3), 505-525.

Jin, M. H., McDonald, B. D., & Park, J. (2018). Person-Organization Fit and Turnover Intention: Exploring the Mediating Role of Employee Followership and Job Satisfaction Through Conservation of Resources Theory. Review of Public Personal Administration, 38(2), 167-192.

Hatcher, W., McDonald, B. D., & Brainard, L. A. (2018). How to Write a Case Study for Public Affairs. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 24(2), 274-285.

McDonald, B. D. (2018). Exorcising Our Demons: Comments on a New Direction for Public Administration. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 4(1), 116-120.

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.

Jin, M. H., McDonald, B. D., & Park, J. (2018). Does Public Service Motivation Matter in Public Higher Education? Testing the Theories of Person-Organization Fit and Organizational Commitment through a Serial Multiple Mediation Model. American Review of Public Administration, 48(1), 82-97.

Jin, M. H., & McDonald, B. D. (2017). Understanding Employee Engagement in the Public Sector: The Role of Immediate Supervisor, Perceived Organizational Support, and Learning Opportunities. American Review of Public Administration, 47(8), 881-897.

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., & Reitano, V. (2016). Sanction Failure: Economic Growth, Defense Expenditures, and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Armed Forces and Society, 42(4), 635-654.

Jin, M. H., McDonald, B. D., & Park, J. (2016). Followership and Job Satisfaction in the Public Sector: The Moderating Role of Perceived Supervisor Support and Performance-Oriented Culture. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 29(3), 218-237.

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

Eger, R. J., McDonald, B. D., & Wilsker, A. L. (2015). Religious Attitudes and Charitable Contributions. Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 17(2), 52-65.

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.

McDonald, B. D. (2013). What We Do and Do Not Know: The Social Implications of Defense. Political and Military Sociology: An Annual Review, 41, 1-18.

Mendieta, M., & McDonald, B. D. (2013). Spillovers of Veterans Hospice Care: The Economic and Social Impact of Palliative Care. Political and Military Sociology: An Annual Review, 41, 41-59.

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.

McDonald, B. D. (2012). Reconsidering the Defense-Growth Relationship: Evidence from the Islamic Republic of Iran. Political and Military Sociology: An Annual Review, 40, 97-117.

McDonald, B. D. (2010). The Bureau of Municipal Research and the Development of a Professional Public Service. Administration & Society, 42(7), 815-835.

McDonald, B. D., & Eger, R. J. (2010). The Defense-Growth Relationship: An Economic Investigation into Post-Soviet States. Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, 16(1), 1-28.

McDonald, B. D., & Miller, D. R. (2010). Welfare Programs and the State Economy. Journal of Policy Modeling, 32(6), 719-732.


Education

  • 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