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Aimee L. Franklin, Ph.D.


Office: 304B Dale Hall Tower


Research Fields: Public Budgeting & Finance, Financial Management, Strategic Planning, Performance Measurement & Benchmarking, Evaluation

Favorite Courses: Administration & Society, Making Public Policy, Public Budgeting & Finance, Qualitative Research Methods

B.S., Moorhead State University 
M.P.A., Arizona State University 
Ph.D., University of New York at Albany

My seemingly perpetual research agenda investigates the areas of public budgeting, finance and financial management with special emphasis on the role of stakeholders in resource allocation decisions. I also like to do short-term “Torn from the Headlines” research to understand more about how well government works or why people think government does not work the way it should.

I like this kind of research since it draws from the professional experiences I have had leading retail banking and mortgage lending firms in the private sector. It also is informed by the projects I was responsible for while a budget analyst in the Arizona Governor’s Office. These experiences also inform my teaching and public service activities since they demonstrate how policy and administration benefit from research and analysis, planning & performance measurement and policy/program evaluation.

I regularly include graduate and undergraduate students in my research activities. A lot of my job satisfaction comes when students present our research at a professional conference or when jointly authored research publications appear in press. Another great aspect of my job is staying in touch with my students after they graduate, especially when they have questions about how to do something in the real world or want to tell me about how the real world is different from the world of theory we discuss in these ivory towers!

In 2016 and 2017, I worked with the Director of SCIPP, as well as an undergraduate and a graduate research assistant on drought research knowledge production cycle. I have also consulted with six public, non-profit or tribal organizations on their strategic management activities.

In 2017, I presented articles from research projects with five different students. 

I am preparing a history of budgeting in Oklahoma. It includes special sections on the role of the energy sector in the state's finances, the influence of Indian gaming revenues on Education funding and how "The Oklahoma Standard" might reduce the cost of government for our citizens.

  • Conner, Thadieus, Franklin, Aimee L. and Martinez, Christian. “A Distal Theory of Policy Design: How State Regulatory Environments Condition the Impact of Federal Policy.” Presented at 2017 MPSA. Fall 2017 journal submission anticipated.
  • Ebdon, Carol and Franklin, Aimee L. “The Effects of Participatory Budgeting in the Phillipines.” Invited submission to Participatory Budgeting symposium in Chinese Journal of Public Administration.
  • Franklin, Aimee L. Stakeholder Engagement. Book Manuscript.
  • Raadschelders, Jos C.N. and Franklin, Aimee L. The Study of Public Administration. An undergraduate textbook manuscript under revision.
  • Franklin, Aimee L. and Crawford, Chris. “The History of Public Budgeting Practices in Oklahoma.” Research Monograph prepared for the Studies in Public Budgeting series, Yilin Hou, Series Editor. New York, NY: Springer Science + Business Media.
  • Pagan, Javier, Franklin, Aimee L. and Espina, Carmen (2016). “Stakeholder Engagement: Comparing Theory and Practice.” Presented at the 2016 SPSA Conference. Journal Manuscript in progress.

(For Co-authors who were/are students: 1denotes PhD student, 2denotes MPA student, 3denotes Undergraduate student).

  • Lu, Tao1 and Franklin, Aimee. (Forthcoming). Selection Protocol for Identifying and Sampling from Proxy Populations. Social Science Quarterly.
  • Conner, Thaddieus1 and Franklin, Aimee L. (Forthcoming). “20 Years of Indian Gaming: Re-Assessing and Still Winning.” Social Science Quarterly.
  • Franklin, Aimee L., Conner, Thaddieus1, and Crawford, Christopher2. (2016) “Exploring the Trajectory of Oklahoma Indian Gaming Policy: How Might Outcomes Achieved and Key Events Influence 2020 Compact Negotiations?” Oklahoma Politics. 26:89-121.
  • Jiang, Yue1, Ebdon, Carol and Franklin, Aimee L. (Spring 2016). Perceptions of Public Officials Regarding Democratic Efficacy and the Use of Citizen Participation. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management.28(1): 103-124.
  • Franklin, Aimee L., and Rickard, Victoria1. (Spring 2016). Civic Engagement Motivations of Municipal Board Members. Special Issue on Empowering the Public to Fix our National Fiscal Crises. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management. 28(1): 49-71.
  • Schlupp, Jan3 and Franklin, Aimee L. (2014) Civic Engagement Motivations: Understanding Why Some Do and Some Don’t. Oklahoma Politics. 24: 21-44.
  • Franklin, Aimee L. (2014). The Impact of Tribal Gaming on Tribal Sovereignty and Financial Management. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management. 26(3, Fall): 379-404.
  • Franklin, Aimee L., Mott, Tara1, and Williams, T.H. Lee. (2013). Coproduction in the U.S. Department of Defense: Examining How the Evolution of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Expands Non-Traditional Partner Engagement.  Special Issue on Government, Policymaking and the Internet. Policy & Internet, 5(4): 387-401. DOI:10.1002/1944-2866.POI345
  • Franklin, Aimee L., Krane, Dale and Ebdon, Carol, (2013) Multilevel Governance Processes – Citizens & Local Budgeting: Comparing Brazil, China, & The United States. International Review of Public Administration. 18(1): 1-24. DOI:10.1080/12294659.2013.10805243
  • Krane, Dale, Ebdon, Carol, and Franklin, Aimee (2014) Collaborative Governance of Civic Festivals: Brazil, Korea and The USA. Revise and resubmit at Urban Affairs Review.
  • Yusuf, Wie, Jordan, Meagan, Ebdon, Carol and Franklin Aimee L. (2017). How Much are Citizen Perceptions of Fisacl Accountability Influenced by Government Transparency, Information Access and Participation Opportunities? Revise and resubmit at Public Finance and Management.
  • Franklin, Aimee L. and Moore, Samuel A. “State-Level Choices for Non-Renewable Resource Revenue Funds”. Presented at 2017 WSSA. Under review at Oklahoma Politics.
  • Franklin, Aimee L., Le, Jennifer, Grossman, Athena, Shafer, Mark. “Research Knowledge Production and Management: The Drought Case”. Presented at 2017 WSSA. Under review at the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
  • Franklin, Aimee L., Grossman, Athena, Le, Jennifer, Shafer, Mark. “Creating Broader Research Impacts Through Boundary Organizations”. Presented at 2017 WSSA. Under review at Public Administration Review.
  • Franklin, Aimee L., Ebdon, Carol; Park, JiHyung and Moore, Jonathan. “Institutional Arrangements for Public Library Funding and Spending”. Presented at WSSA in 2017. Under review at American Review of Public Administration.