David P. Carter portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Political Science Department

Research Statement

David’s research is situated at the intersection of public policy, public administration and management, and organization theories. He applies a variety of methodological approaches from directed qualitative content analysis to quantitative multilevel modeling.

Understanding policy design through institutional analysis.  With several collaborators David has worked on the development of procedures for extracting, dissecting, and analyzing the policy designs that are written into policy documents, drawing conceptual and methodological inspiration from the institutional analysis and development (IAD) framework.  The results of these efforts have been published in the Journal of Theoretical Politics, Public Administration, Urban Affairs Review, the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, and Policy Sciences.  Links to the articles can be found on David’s Publications page.

Organic food regulation in the United States.  For the past several years David has engaged in a research project examining the design and administration of U.S. organic food regulations under the USDA’s National Organic Program.  This research includes examination of the Program’s third-party design, differences in the characteristics and practices of the independent organic certification agents charged with regulatory administration, and the perceptions and attitudes of organic certification inspectors.  A detailed description of this research can be found at the project webpage hosted by the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs, and related academic publications can be found on David’s Publication page.

Presentations

  • Invited Participant and Presenter. ASPA Founders’ Fellows Panel. Atlanta, GA. “Balancing Barriers to Entry and Administrative Burden in Voluntary Regulation: An Example from the National Organic Program.” March 19, 2017. Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 12/31/2016.
  • Invited Participant and Presenter. Institutional Analysis Workshop. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Indianapolis, IN. February 9-10, 2017. Other, Accepted, 12/31/2016.
  • David P. Carter, Tyler Scott, & Nadia Bowman. “Balancing Barriers to Entry and Administrative Burden in Voluntary Regulation: An Example from the National Organic Program.” Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL. April, 2017. Conference Paper, Accepted, 12/09/2016.
  • Christopher M. Weible & David P. Carter. “Advancing Policy Process Research at its Overlap with Public Management Scholarship and Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Studies.” Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action annual meeting, Washington, D.C. November, 2016. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/17/2016.
  • David P. Carter & Nadia Bowman. “A Role for Professional Associations in Decentralized Governance: The Case of U.S. Organic Certification.” Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management annual meeting, Washington, D.C. November 5, 2016. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/05/2016.
  • David P. Carter. “Regulatee Choice: Farmers’ Selection from among Public, Nonprofit, and Private Organic Regulation Administrators.” Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL. April 18, 2016. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/18/2016.
  • Invited Participant and Presenter. Policy Studies Journal Exploring the Nexus of Public Policy, Public Management, and Nonprofit Studies Workshop. University of Colorado Denver. Denver, CO. April 4, 2016. Other, Presented, 04/04/2016.
  • Invited Participant and Presenter. NASPAA Staats Emerging Scholars Panel. Brooklyn, NY. “What’s the Difference? Public, Nonprofit, and Private Administration of U.S. Organic Regulations.” October 15, 2015. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/15/2015.
  • David P. Carter. “Public, Nonprofit, and Private Sector Service Diversity and Quality Divergence in the Administration of U.S. Organic Regulations.” Public Management Research Association biennial meeting, Minneapolis, MN. June 12, 2015. Conference Paper, Presented, 06/12/2015.
  • Invited Speaker with Christopher M. Weible. Wirth Chair Sustainability Series. Denver, CO. “Is that Natural? Regulating Organic Food in the U.S.” May 5, 2015. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/15/2015.
  • Invited Speaker with Christopher M. Weible. Geography Department. University of Colorado Boulder. Boulder, CO. “Is that Natural? Regulating Organic Food in the U.S.” May 1, 2015. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/01/2015.
  • David P. Carter. “Who Knows Best? Public, Nonprofit, and Private Sector Expertise in the Administration of U.S. Organic Regulations.” Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL. April 18, 2015. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/18/2015.
  • David P. Carter. “Third-Party Cross-Sector Regulatory Approaches in the Administration of the National Organic Program.” Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management annual meeting. Albuquerque, NM. November 8, 2014. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/08/2014.
  • David P. Carter. “Public, Nonprofit, and Private Sector Service Diversity and Quality Divergence in the Administration of U.S. Organic Regulations.” American Political Science Association annual meeting, San Francisco, CA. September 4, 2015. Conference Paper, Presented, 09/04/2014.
  • Christopher M. Weible, Tanya Heikkila & David P. Carter. “An Institutional and Stakeholder Analysis of Colorado’s Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Rule.” American Political Science Association annual meeting, Washington D.C. August 29, 2014. Conference Paper, Presented, 08/29/2014.
  • Christopher M. Weible, Tanya Heikkila & David P. Carter. “An Institutional and Stakeholder Analysis of Colorado’s Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Rule.” Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop (WOW 5), Bloomington, IN. June 18-21, 2014. Conference Paper, Presented, 06/18/2014.
  • David P. Carter. “Cross Sector Third-Party Regulatory Agents.” Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL. April 3, 2014. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/03/2014.
  • Invited Speaker with Christopher M. Weible. Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop on Political Theory and Policy Analysis. Indiana University. Bloomington, IN. “Institutional Analysis of Policy Designs.” March 26, 2014. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/26/2014.
  • Invited Participant and Presenter with Christopher M. Weible. Social Actors, Institutions and Sustainable Cities Workshop. University of Colorado Denver. Denver, CO. “Institutional Analysis of City Charters with Links to Sustainability Measures.” January 24, 2014. Other, Presented, 01/24/2014.
  • Invited Participant and Presenter with Christopher M. Weible. Tools in Policy Formulation Process. University of East Anglia. London, UK. “Formal Institutional Analysis for Comparative Investigation of Policy Designs.” April 18-19, 2013. Other, Presented, 04/18/2013.
  • David P. Carter, Christopher M. Weible, Saba Siddiki, Xavier Basurto, & Sara Miller Chonaiew. “Comparative Analysis of Policy Design Strengths and Vulnerabilities: Investigating the Differences between a Law and a Corresponding Regulation.” Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL. April 11-14, 2013. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/11/2013.
  • Christopher M. Weible, David P. Carter, Tanya Heikkila, Rick Feiock, Cali Curley, & Aaron Deslatte. “Uncovering Patterns of Authority and Responsibility: An Institutional Analysis of Strong and Weak Mayor City Charters.” Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL. April 11-14, 2013. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/11/2013.
  • David P. Carter, Christopher M. Weible, Saba Siddiki, Xavier Basurto, & Sara Miller Chonaiew. “Formal Institutional Analysis of Policy Designs: The Case of the U.S. National Organic Program.” Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management annual meeting, Baltimore, MD. November 10, 2012. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/12/2012.
  • David P. Carter, Christopher M. Weible, Saba Siddiki, Xavier Basurto, & Sara Miller Chonaiew. “Formal Institutional Analysis of Policy Designs: The Case of the U.S. National Organic Program.” Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management annual meeting, Baltimore, MD. November 10, 2012. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/10/2012.
  • David P. Carter & Christopher M. Weible. “The Architecture of Action in the USDA’s National Organic Program [Poster].” University of Colorado Denver Research & Creative Activities Symposium, Denver, CO. April 27, 2012. Poster, Presented, 04/27/2012.
  • David P. Carter & Christopher M. Weible. “Assessing Sustainable Practices among Climbers: A Case Study of Indian Creek, Utah [Poster].” Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL. April 12-15, 2012. Poster, Presented, 04/12/2012.

Publications

  • "Service Diversification and Service Quality Differences in the Third-Party Administration of U.S. Organic Regulations" in Public Management Review. Published, 08/05/2016.
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/147190...
  • "Public, Nonprofit, and For-Profit Sector Regulatory Approaches in Third-Party Regulatory Administration" in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Published, 09/12/2016.
    http://jpart.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016...
  • "An Institutional and Opinion Analysis of Colorado's Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Rule" in the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. Published, 03/2016.
    http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/WyGE6PjertP9TxuC...
  • “Integrating Core Concepts from the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework for the Systematic Analysis of Policy Designs: An Illustration from the U.S. National Organic Program Regulation” in the Journal of Theoretical Politics. Published, 01/2016.
    http://jtp.sagepub.com/content/28/1/159
  • “Capturing Structural and Functional Diversity through Institutional Analysis: The Mayor Position in City Charters” in the Urban Affairs Review. Published, 12/2015.
    http://uar.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/11/13/10...
  • “The Composition of Policy Change: Comparing Colorado’s 1977 and 2006 Smoking Bans” in the Policy Sciences. Published, 05/2015.
    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11077-01...
  • “Assessing Policy Divergence: How to Investigate the Differences between a Law and Corresponding Regulation” in Public Administration. Published, 09/2014.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/padm.12...
  • "Assessing Rule Compliance and Robustness in Recreational Resource Management” in the Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. Published, 08/2013.
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1523908...
  • "Common Pool Resources" in Oxford Bibliographies. Published, 11/2014.
    http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/...
  • "Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD)" in American Governance. Published, 01/2016.
  • "Organic Food" in Science and Politics: An A-to-Z Guide to Issues and Controversies. Published, 01/2014.
  • Christopher M. Weible & David P. Carter. 2016. “Advancing Policy Process Research at its Overlap with Public Management Scholarship and Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Studies.” Policy Studies Journal [Available online ahead of print publication]. DOI: 10.1111/psj.12194. Published, 12/22/2016.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/psj.121...
  • David P. Carter & Nadia Bowman. "Coordinating Intermediaries: Professional Association Functions in Decentralized Regulation" submitted to Regulation & Governance. Submitted, 12/15/2016.
  • David P. Carter. "Certifier Attributes, Regulatory Experiences, and Regulatee Perceptions of Expertise in Third-Party Regulation" submitted to Administration & Society. Submitted, 11/15/2016.
  • David P. Carter. Forthcoming. “Regulatee Choice in Certification Schemes: Explaining Selection from among Certifier Options.” Public Administration. DOI: 10.1111/padm.12302. Accepted, 11/12/2016.
  • David P. Carter. Forthcoming. “Role Perceptions and Attitudes towards Discretion at a Decentralized Regulatory Frontline: The Case of Organic Inspectors.” Regulation & Governance. DOI: 10.1111/rego.12143. Accepted, 10/28/2016.