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Mark K. Cassell


Mark K. Cassell is Professor of Political Science at Kent State University where he teaches courses in public policy and administration, comparative public policy, and urban politics. His scholarship is mainly concerned with understanding public sector transformations.   

His work includes How Governments Privatize: The Politics of Divestment in the United States and Germany (Georgetown University Press, 2003). The book compares the Resolution Trust Corporation with Germany's Treuhandanstalt, the agency charged with taking over, managing and privatizing the industrial assets of the former East Germany.  The book received the 2003 Charles H. Levine Award for the best book in public policy and administration.   

Dr. Cassell's work has also appeared in Public Administration Review, International Public Management Journal, Social Science Quarterly, and Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions.  He currently has a book forthcoming from SUNY Press (with Susan M. Hoffmann) on mission expansion in the Federal Home Loan Bank System.

Dr. Cassell holds a Ph.D. and MA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MPA from the Robert LaFollette Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


Mission Expansion in the Federal Home Loan Bank System (Albany, NY: SUNY University Press, 2010). with Susan Hoffmann.

How Governments Privatize: The Politics of Divestment in the United States and Germany (Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2002).
The book won the Charles H. Levine Award for the best book in public policy and administration published in 2002 by the International Political Science Association.


2010     “Engaging Citizens on the Internet: An Assessment of Local Governments in Ohio" International Journal of Electronic Government Research on Citizens and E-Government. 6(2), with John Hoornbeek.

2009     “Not all housing GSE's are alike : An analysis of the Federal Home Loan Bank System and the foreclosure crisis" Public Administration Review 69(4): 613-622, with Susan Hoffmann.

2008     “Why governments innovate: A study of the adoption of open source solutions in four European cities" International Public Management Journal, 11(2): 193-213.

Book Chapters

2009    “Adoption and Implementation of Open Source Software by Four European Cities" in Chris Reddick (ed.) Strategies for Local E-Government Adoption and Implementation: Comparative Studies Hershey, PA: IGA Global Publishers.

2008    “Open-Source- Innovation im öffentlichen Sektor”  in Lutterbeck, B. M. Bärwolff, and R. Gehring (eds.) Open Source Jahrbuch 2008 Berlin: Lehmanns Media.


2009.  Managing a $700 Billion Bailout: Lessons from the Home Owners' Loan Corporation and the Resolution Trust Corporation Published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government, with Susan Hoffmann

Mark K. Cassell
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