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.
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.
19) Jimenez, B.S. (n.d) Performance management and deficit adjustment in municipal governments: An exploratory study. Public Administration Quarterly, forthcoming
18) Jimenez, B.S. (2015) Smart cuts? Strategic planning, performance management and fiscal retrenchment in U.S. cities. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management 2(27)
17) Jimenez, B.S. (2014) Externalities in the fragmented metropolis: Local institutional choices and the efficiency-equity tradeoff. American Review of Public Administration, Published online before print October 6, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0275074014550703
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 of Public 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.
Awards and Honors
Finalist, William Anderson Dissertation Award, American Political Science Association, 2011
Finalist, Annual Graduate College Outstanding Thesis Award, University of Illinois at Chicago Donald C. and Alice M. Stone Junior Scholar Award, American Society for Public Administration, 2009
University Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006-07, 2009-10 (tuition and stipend without service requirement)
Provost Graduate Research Grant, University of Illinois at Chicago, Spring 2009 ($1200-declined)
Invited participant, Academy of Management’s Doctoral Student Professional Development Consortium, Chicago, 2009
Chicago Consular Corps Scholarship, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2008-2009 ($1000)
Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Traveling Scholar to the University of Chicago, 2008-2009
Conference travel awards, Public Administration Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007-2010 (various amounts)
Conference travel award, Graduate Student Council, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009 ($300)
MPA Dean’s List award (equivalent to summa cum laude), National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines, Diliman
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.