Arnold F. Shober
Associate Professor of Government

 
Teaching & Research Interests

Policy change and accountability. Over the last 20 years, American policymakers increasingly have demanded simple, public reporting of government activity. Pres. George W. Bush's "stoplight accounting" at OMB and the U.S. Department of Education's "below-basic," "basic," "proficient," and "advanced" schema are two prominent examples. My research interests lie in how this public accounting intersects with actual implementation. Does accountability lead to policy change? When does policy change reshape expectations accountability? Substantively, I am interested in American education policy.

My current teaching and research emphasize these questions, both in contemporary policy (particularly with school choice) and historically (through an American political development lens).

Full curriculum vitae.

 
Publications
    Articles
  • Arnold F. Shober. 2012. "Governors Make the Grade." Peabody Journal of Education 87(5).
  • John F. Witte, David Weimer, Arnold F. Shober, and Paul Schlomer. 2007. "The Performance of Charter Schools in Wisconsin." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 26(3): 567-588.
  • John F. Witte, Paul A. Schlomer, and Arnold F. Shober. 2007. "Going Charter? A Study of School District Competition in Wisconsin." Peabody Journal of Education 82(2 & 3):410-439.
  • Arnold F. Shober, Paul Manna, and John F. Witte. 2006. "Analyzing State Charter School Laws and the Formation of Charter Schools in the United States." Policy Studies Journal 34(4, November): 263-287.
    Other Publications
  • Arnold F. Shober. 2009. "Making the Grade: Education Governance in Ohio." KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Arnold F. Shober. 2008. "Fulfilling Parents' Wishes: The Effect of School Choice on School Referenda Success." National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York.
 
Working Papers
  • Out of Many, One?: The Democratic Dilemma of American Education. Invited textbook proposal, May 2010.
  • "Politics at the Schoolhouse Door: Partisanship and School Finance Levies." Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill., April 2009.
  • "Education Governance: The Governor or the Board?" Roundtable presentation for KnowledgeWorks Foundation on Gov. Ted Strickland's education reform package, Columbus, Ohio, October 2008.
  • "Fulfilling Parents' Wishes: The Effect of School Choice on School Referenda Success." Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill., April 2008.
  • "Learning Curves: Political Socialization and Virtual Schools," with Meghan Condon. Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill., April 2007.
 
Teaching

GOVT110: Introduction to Politics

GOVT211: American Federalism

GOVT220: Parties, Campaigns, and Elections

GOVT351: From Broadsides to Blogs: Mass Media in American Politics

GOVT375: American Political Development

GOVT380: Introduction to Public Policy

GOVT435: Voting, Participation, and Public Opinion

GOVT500: Senior Seminar in Education Policy