MJPA's ninth volume features five Ford School authors

May 2, 2012
The Michigan Journal of Public Affairs has published its Spring 2012 volume, featuring five articles that address state, national and international policy topics. This marks the ninth edition since the student-run journal was founded by Ford School graduate students in 2003.

"The Michigan Journal of Public Affairs is dedicated to publishing innovative public policy related articles from a wide range of policy professionals and graduate students," said Brendan Egan (MPP '12), one of two editors in chief in 2012 along with Eamonn Scanlon (MPP '12). "This year's articles range from archival research to stakeholder analysis to econometric modeling."

The 2012 Journal includes five authors who are members of the Ford School community, whose names are starred. The articles are:
  • Information Control and Human Rights: Transforming Government Archives into Tools for Civil Society, by Jesse Franzblau
  • Aid, Growth, and Non-Military Expenditures: Applying a Dynamic Two-Way Fixed Effects Model with Robust Clustered Errors, by Keenan Pontoni* and Elliot Robson*
  • Structure of the Economy, Financial and Debt Positions, and State Credit Ratings: Evidence from Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, by Tatyana Guzman and Temirlan Moldogazi
  • The 1996 Telecommunications Act and the Broadband Industry Duopoly, by Chiseng Li*
  • Grievances, Rights, and Conflict in Balochistan: Institutional Challenges for the Pakistani State, by Sameen A. Mohsin Ali and Hassan E. Ansari*

Articles for the MJPA are solicited from graduate and professional students from across the United States and internationally, as well as policy practitioners and academics. The MJPA welcomes submissions focused on topical issues relevant to public policy in the United States and throughout the world. Submissions are related to numerous policy areas such as economics, social policy, public administration, international development, political science, and the law. The articles are evaluated in light of their relevance as a contribution to an important policy debate and originality, as well as writing quality and style.

Membership on MJPA's editorial board is open to current Ford School graduate students and the journal is supervised by the faculty of the Ford School.

The 2012 senior staff included senior editors Maureen Downes (MPP '12) and Ryan Pretzer (MPP '12), managing editor Kate Saetang (MPP '12), submissions editor George Stankow (MPP '12), and business manager Alex Farivar (MPP/MBA '13).

"It was a pleasure to work with this year's staff and authors," Egan said. "We hope the Journal reflects their collective commitment to quality in writing, analysis, and editing."

Two of this year's assistant editors, Josh Vermette and Eboni Wells, will take over as editors in chief in 2013.

"Next year's staff is already planning ways to increase the Journal's visibility and reputation," Egan said. "As one of the few student-run publications with the Ford School name, we are proud to showcase the talents of Ford School students, both as authors and editors."

To download the latest volume of the MJPA or browse past editions, visit http://www.mjpa.umich.edu/.