Strength in Numbers: Interstate Compacts & the States

Mon., DEC. 12, 10:30-11:45 a.m.


Researchers Ann Bowman and Neal Woods study of why states join national interstate compacts uses time-series cross-sectional event count models of state compact participation from 1960–2000. Among their findings is that isolated states show a preference for compacts that simply harmonize policies, while more proximate states are more likely to join compacts that effectively open their borders to other states



Dr. Ann O. Bowman
Hazel Davis and Robert Kennedy endowed chair in government and public service
Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
Bowman specializes in state and local politics and management; public policy, especially the substantive areas of environment, economic development and land use; and intergovernmental relations. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and is the immediate past president of the Southern Political Science Association.
Bowman has published articles in various scholarly journals and, among her many affiliations, is a member of the Editorial Advisory Council of Publius: The Journal of Federalism and the Executive Council of the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management of the American Society for Public Administration.





Dr. Neal Woods
Associate professor and director of undergraduate studies
Department of Political Science
University of South Carolina
Woods teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on public policy and public administration at the University of South Carolina, where he is a core member of the Master in Public Administration program and also teaches in the Environment and Sustainability Program. His research has centered on issues concerning how political and administrative institutions affect policy outcomes, especially in the areas of environmental policy and regulation. Woods has co-authored works such as “Gone with the Wind: Federalism and the Strategic Location of Air Polluters” and “Separation of Powers and the Politics of Administrative Rule Review.”