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

Publications

  • David P. Carter (2019). Regulation by Proxy: How the USDA Relies on Public, Nonprofit, and For-Profit Intermediaries to Oversee Organic Food in the U.S. . Lexington. Published, 09/30/2019.
    https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498574204/Regulation-b...
  • David P. Carter (2020). Contributing to Local Stewardship and Advocacy: Identifying Barriers Among Climbers. Managing Sport & Leisure. Published, 03/11/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2020.1738954
  • David P. Carter (2020). Research Note: Examining Differences in the Bolting Preferences of Climbers along Utah’s Wasatch Front. Journal of Outdoor Recreation & Tourism. Vol. 29, 100277. Published, 01/11/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jort.2020.100277
  • David P. Carter & Saba Siddiki (2019). Participation rationales, regulatory enforcement, and compliance motivations in a voluntary program context. Regulation & Governance. Published, 10/13/2019.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/rego.12289
  • Dallas Elgin & David P. Carter (2020). Higher Performance with Increased Risk of Undesirable Outcomes: The Dilemma of U.S. Child Welfare Services Privatization. Public Management Review. Vol. 22(11), 1603-1623. Published, 07/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2019.1637013
  • Saba Siddiki, Tanya Heikkila, Chris Weible, Raul Pachego-Vega, David P. Carter, Cali Curley, Aaron Deslatte & Abby Bennett (2019). Institutional Analysis with the Grammar of Institutions. Policy Studies Journal. Published, 07/24/2019.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/psj.12361
  • David P. Carter (2019). Institutional Enforcement, Signaling, and Deliberation: Rock Climbers Attempting to Maintain Rules and Norms through Social Sanctioning. International Journal of the Commons. Vol. 13(1), 353-377. Published, 04/18/2019.
    https://www.thecommonsjournal.org/articles/10.1835...
  • David P. Carter, Samantha L. Mosier & Ian T. Adams (2019). How Values Shape Program Perceptions: The “Organic Ethos” and Producers’ Assessments of U.S. Organic Policy Impacts. Review of Policy Research. Vol. 36(3), 296-317. Published, 05/2019.
    https://doi-org.ezproxy.lib.utah.edu/10.1111/ropr....
  • Tyler A. Scott & David P. Carter (2019). Collaborative governance or private policy making? When consultants matter more than participation in collaborative environmental planning. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. Vol. 21(2), 153-173. Published, 01/2019.
    https://doi-org.ezproxy.lib.utah.edu/10.1080/15239...
  • Aaron Deslatte, Tyler A. Scott & David P. Carter (2019). Specialized Governance and Regional Land-Use Outcomes: A Spatial Analysis of Florida Community Development Districts. Land Use Policy. Vol. 83, 227-239. Published, 04/2019.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.01.029
  • David P. Carter, Tyler A. Scott & Aaron Deslatte (2019). The Formation and Administration of Multipurpose Development Districts: Private Interests Through Public Institutions. Perspectives on Public Management and Governance. Vol. 2(1), 57–74. Published, 03/2019.
    https://doi.org/10.1093/ppmgov/gvy009
  • David P. Carter & Adrienne Cachelin (2019). The Consumer Costs of Food Certification: A Pilot Study and Research Opportunities. Journal of Consumer Affairs. Vol. 53(2), 652-661. Published, 09/2019.
    https://doi-org.ezproxy.lib.utah.edu/10.1111/joca....
  • David P. Carter & Nadia Mahallati (2017). Coordinating intermediaries: The prospects and limitations of professional associations in decentralized regulation. Regulation & Governance. Vol. 13(1), 51-69. Published, 08/31/2017.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/rego.12167
  • David P. Carter (2018). The Performance Limitations, Operational Strengths, and Political Perils of Multi-Purpose Regulators. (pp. 447-451). Vol. 28(3). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Published, 05/2018.
    https://doi.org/10.1093/jopart/muy020
  • David P. Carter (2019). Intermediary Attributes, Regulatee Experiences, and Perceived Expertise in Third-Party Regulation. Administration & Society. Vol. 51(8), 1282–1307. Published, 09/2019.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0095399717725350
  • Dallas Elgin & David P. Carter (2018). Administrative (De)centralization, Performance Equity, and Outcome Achievement in Rural Contexts: An Empirical Study of U.S. Child Welfare Systems. Governance. Vol. 32(1), 23-43. Published, 03/30/2018.
    https://doi-org.ezproxy.lib.utah.edu/10.1111/gove....
  • David P. Carter, Tanya Heikkila & Christopher M. Weible (2018). How participant values influence reasons for pursuing voluntary programme membership. Public Administration. Vol. 96(4), 787-802. Published, 07/2018.
    https://doi-org.ezproxy.lib.utah.edu/10.1111/padm....
  • David P. Carter, Tyler A. Scott & Nadia Mahallati (2018). Balancing Barriers to Entry and Administrative Burden in Voluntary Regulation. Perspectives on Public Management & Governance. Vol. 1(3), 207–221. Published, 09/2018.
    https://doi.org/10.1093/ppmgov/gvx005
  • David P. Carter (2017). Role Perceptions and Attitudes towards Discretion at a Decentralized Regulatory Frontline: The Case of Organic Inspectors. Regulation & Governance. Vol. 11, 353-367. Published, 02/19/2017.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rego.12...
  • David P. Carter (2017). Regulatee Choice in Certification Schemes: Explaining Selection from among Certifier Options. Public Administration. Vol. 95, 232-248. Published, 02/17/2017.
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/pa...
  • David P. Carter (2017). Service Diversification and Service Quality Differences in the Third-Party Administration of U.S. Organic Regulations. Public Management Review. Vol. 19, 802-819. Published, 02/25/2017.
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/147190...
  • Christopher M. Weible & David P. Carter (2017). Advancing Policy Process Research at Its Overlap with Public Management Scholarship and Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Studies. Wiley. Vol. 45, 22-49. Published, 02/04/2017.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/psj.121...
  • Christopher M. Weible & Tanya Heikkila, David P. Carter (2017). An Institutional and Opinion Analysis of Colorado’s Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Rule. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. Vol. 19, 115-134. Published, 06/28/2017.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2016.1150776
  • David P. Carter (2016). Public, Nonprofit, and For-Profit Sector Regulatory Approaches in Third-Party Regulatory Administration. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Vol. 26, 726-744. Published, 04/16/2016.
    https://doi.org/10.1093/jopart/muw022
  • David P. Carter, Christopher M Weible, Saba N Siddiki & Xavier Basurto (2016). 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. Journal of Theoretical Politics. Vol. 28, 159-185. Published, 01/2016.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0951629815603494
  • Richard C. Feiock, Christopher M. Weible, David P. Carter, Cali Curley, Aaron Deslatte & Tanya Heikkila (2015). Capturing Structural and Functional Diversity Through Institutional Analysis The Mayor Position in City Charters. Urban Affairs Review. Vol. 52, 129-150. Published, 12/2015.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1078087414555999
  • Christopher M. Weible & David P. Carter (2015). The composition of policy change: comparing Colorado’s 1977 and 2006 smoking bans. Policy Sciences. Vol. 48, 207–231. Published, 05/2015.
    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11077-01...
  • David P. Carter, Christopher M. Weible, Saba N. Siddiki, John Brett & Sara Miller Chonaiew (2015). Assessing Policy Divergence: How to Investigate the Differences between a Law and Corresponding Regulation. Public Administration. Vol. 93, 159-176. Published, 03/05/2015.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/padm.12...
  • David P. Carter & Christopher M. Weible (2013). Assessing Rule Compliance and Robustness in Recreational Resource Management. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. Vol. 16, 117-139. Published, 08/2013.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2013.821943
  • "Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD)" in American Governance. Published, 01/2016.
  • "Common Pool Resources" in Oxford Bibliographies. Published, 11/2014.
    http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/...
  • "Organic Food" in Science and Politics: An A-to-Z Guide to Issues and Controversies. Published, 01/2014.
  • David P. Carter (2018). The Case for USDA Organic. The Hill. Published, 10/15/2018.
    https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/4...
  • David P. Carter (2017). How the United States Regulates Organic Foods Effectively in a System Where Certifiers Compete. Scholar Strategy Network. Published, 05/13/2017.
    http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/scholar/dav...
  • Aaron Deslatte, Tyler A. Scott & David P. Carter (2021). Probing the Fiscal Implications of Multipurpose Development Districts: An Institutional Analysis of Florida Community Development Districts. State & Local Government Review. Accepted, 03/2021.
  • David P. Carter, Garrett Hutson, Patrick Lam, Jeff Rose & Nate Furman (2020). The self-governance challenges facing climbers, with examples from Utah, Colorado, & Ontario. Journal of Outdoor Recreation & Tourism. Vol. 31, 100323. Published, 09/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jort.2020.100323
  • David P. Carter & Peter J. May (2020). Making sense of the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic response: A policy regime perspective. Administrative Theory & Praxis. Vol. 42(2), 265-277. Published, 05/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/10841806.2020.1758991
  • Christopher M. Weible, Daniel Nohrstedt, Paul Cairney, David P. Carter, Deserai A. Crow, Anna P. Durnova, Tanya Heikkila, Karin Ingold, Allan McConnell & Diane Stone (2020). COVID-19 and the policy sciences: Initial reactions and perspectives. Policy Sciences. Vol. 53, 225–241. Published, 04/2020.
    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11077-0...

Research Statement

David’s research focus on policy design and program administration, with an emphasis on regulatory policies and programs. The empirical foci of this research include organic food regulation in the U.S., child welfare services, special districts, and self-governance among climbers. Theoretically, his work sits at the nexus of, and contributes to, a variety of theoretical traditions, including: policy process theory, public administration and management theory, theories of regulatory governance, nonprofit theory, and institutional theory. Among the questions that David's research pursues are:

  • What are the benefits and hazards of regulation through "alternative" regulatory arrangements, such as certification, third-party verification, and voluntary programs? What are the implications for program fidelity and integrity under such "alternative" regulatory arrangements?
  • How does public program structure (e.g. centralization, privatization) impact public service performance and service equity?
  • What are the consequences of private power/influence in submunicipal governance (i.e. through special districts) for other governments and citizens?
  • How does the changing social, technological, and institutional landscape of contemporary climbing impact the tradition of self-governance among climbers, what are climbers' responses, and what are the consequences for climbers and other natural resource stakeholders?

Presentations

  • David P. Carter, Seth Wright, Ian Adams, & Tyler A. Scott. “Noticing Noncompliance: A Study of Documented Regulatory Infractions under the USDA’s National Organic Program.” Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL, April 16-10, 2020. Conference Paper, Accepted, 04/17/2020.
  • David P. Carter & Seth Wright. “How Trust and Familiarity Shape Climbers’ Contributions to Local Stewardship and Advocacy.” Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL, April 16-10, 2020. Conference Paper, Accepted, 04/17/2020.
  • Aaron Deslatte, David P. Carter, & Tyler A. Scott. “Probing the Fiscal Implications of Multipurpose Development District Financing: A Profile of Florida Community Development District Debts and Expenditures.” Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management annual meeting. Denver, CO. November 7-9, 2019. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/08/2019.
  • Dallas Elgin & David P. Carter. “Structuring More Equitable Outcomes: Urbanicity, Administrative Centralization, & Public Service Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations.” Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management annual meeting. Denver, CO. November 7-9, 2019. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/08/2019.
  • David P. Carter, Samantha Mosier, & Ian Adams. “How Values Shape Program Perceptions: The ‘Organic Ethos’ and Producers’ Perceptions of U.S. Organic Policy Impacts.” Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL. April 5-8, 2018. Conference Paper, Accepted, 04/06/2018.
  • David P. Carter & Saba N. Siddiki. “The Individual and Experiential Correlates of Compliance Motivations in Voluntary Regulatory Programs.” Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL. April 5-8, 2018. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/2018.
  • David P. Carter. “How Cultural Ideals Shape Social Norm Preferences: Understanding the “Ethics” of Bolting in North American Climbing.” Public Administration Theory Network annual meeting. Denver, CO: May 30-June 2, 2019. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/18/2018.
  • Jesus N. Valero & David P. Carter. “How Policy Environments and Network Contexts Shape Nonprofits’ Advocacy on Policy Issues.” American Society for Public Administration annual meeting, Denver, CO. March 9-13, 2018. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/12/2018.
  • David P. Carter. “Institutional Enforcement, Signaling, and Deliberation: Rock Climbers Attempting to Maintain Community Rules and Norms.” Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action annual meeting, Grand Rapids, MI. November 16, 2017. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/16/2017.
  • David P. Carter, Tanya Heikkila, & Christopher M. Weible. “How Participant Values Influence Reasons for Pursuing Voluntary Program Membership.” Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management annual meeting, Chicago, IL. November 4, 2017. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/04/2017.
  • David P. Carter, Tyler Scott, & Aaron Deslatte. “The Rise of Metropolitan Districts and Their Influence on Regional Policy Outcomes: A Spatial Analysis of Florida Land Use .” Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management annual meeting, Chicago, IL. November 3, 2017. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/03/2017.
  • Invited Presenter & Participant. Administrative Burdens Workshop. “Balancing Barriers to Entry and Administrative Burden in Voluntary Regulation: An Example from the National Organic Program.” ESADE Business School. Barcelona, Spain. June 26-27, 2017. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/26/2017.
  • 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, Presented, 04/02/2017.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Invited Keynote Speaker, Finnish Society for Environmental Social Sciences (YHYS) YHYS Fall Colloquium: Measuring and valuing sustainability, 19–20 November 2020. LUT University, Lahti Campus. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/19/2020.
  • Invited Presentation. University of California Davis Center for Environmental Policy & Behavior Lab. Talk title: “Studying Collective Action among Climbers from the (Attempted) Praxis-Scholarship Nexus”. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/19/2020.

Languages

  • Spanish, functional.