Leisha DeHart-Davis

Leisha DeHart-Davis

Leisha DeHart-Davis is associate professor of Public Administration with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Government. She studies bureaucracy, diversity and gender in public organizations. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, International Public Management Journal and Public Administration Review. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor DeHart-Davis is currently researching how public organizations can create effective organizational rules, a concept she calls “green tape”. Based on eight years of research with nine local government organizations, her research suggests that effective organizational rules have particular characteristics: written requirements that are logical, consistently applied, optimally controlling, and understood by rule stakeholders. Her research suggests that rules with all five attributes are more likely to be effective. Using the results of this research project, she is writing a book that profiles the role of effective rules in public organizations.

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