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Partisan Presidential Influence over U.S. Federal Budgetary Outcomes: Evidence from a Stochastic Decomposition of Executive Budget Proposals

Abstract: [Link to Journal file.] Can American presidents use their budget proposal authority to achieve their own partisan policy priorities? This is an important, yet challenging, question to answer since formal executive authority is ambiguous, and budgetary powers are shared in...

Author: George A. Krause, University of Pittsburgh; Ian Palmer Cook, University of Pittsburgh

Executive, Published   :   August 30, 2013 8:29 AM  :  read more »   :  

Competing Gridlock Models and Status Quo Policies

Abstract: (Link to Political Analysis.) Spatial theories of lawmaking predict that legislative productivity is increasing in the number of status quo policies that lie outside of the gridlock interval, but be- cause locations of status quo policies are difficult to measure,...

Author: Jonathan Woon, University of Pittsburgh; Ian Palmer Cook, University of Pittsburgh

Formal Theory, Legislative, Published, Simulation   :   May 23, 2013 9:05 PM  :  read more »

Analysis and Recommendations on the Company-Grade Officer Shortfall in the Reserve Components of the U.S. Army

Abstract: Read the paper here. The U.S. Army National Guard (ARNG) and the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) both have lower-than-authorized inventories of company-grade officers. Army Reserve Components (RCs) have higher-than-authorized inventories of lieutenants but lower-than-authorized inventories of captains. This monograph addresses...

Published, RAND   :   June 15, 2012 1:17 PM  :  read more »

A Methodology for Comparing Costs and Benefits of Management Alternatives for F-22 Sustainment

Abstract: Read the article here. The U.S. Air Force asked RAND Project AIR FORCE to perform a congressionally required assessment of contractor versus organic sustainment strategies to determine the most cost-effective approach for the F-22 air vehicle and F119 engine sustainment....

Published, RAND   :   June 15, 2012 1:07 PM  :  read more »

The Day After: When Electronic Voting Machines Fail

Abstract: In any democracy, delivering on the promise that every vote should count depends fundamentally on the ability to count votes accurately....

Author: Ian Palmer Cook

Published, RAND, Voting   :   June 15, 2012 12:18 PM  :  read more »

Security Decision Support Challenges in Data Collection and Use

Abstract: In 2005, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) surveyed 36,000 businesses about cybercrime. We contrast past cybersecurity data collection efforts with the BJS study. Then, based on a framework for evaluating applicability of data to models and decision making, we...

Author: Ian P. Cook, The RAND Corporation; Shari Lawrence Pfleeger, The RAND Corporation

Econ of Information Security, Published, RAND   :   June 4, 2012 2:48 PM  :  read more »   :  

About the Author

Ian P. Cook is a Ph.D. student at the University of Pittsburgh, studying American Politics. He has also been a researcher with the RAND Corporation. No material on this site implies endorsement by either institution.