Bruce McDonald III
School of Public and International Affairs
Caldwell Hall 209
Bruce D. McDonald III is an associate professor of public budgeting and finance in the Department of Public Administration at North Carolina State University. Currently, he serves as the editor in chief of Public Administration and the co-editor-in-chief of both the Journal of Public Affairs Education and Public Finance Journal. A graduate of Florida State University and the London School of Economics, his current research focuses on social equity budgeting, the measurement of fiscal health within local governments, and the intellectual history of public administration field. His research has appeared in the American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, and the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, among others.
- Wed: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Extension and Community Engagement
Public Administration, Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Public Affairs Education, co-Editor-in-Chief
Public Finance Journal, co-Editor-in-Chief
McDonald, B. D., & Young, S. L. (Forthcoming). Social Equity in Budgeting. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
Jordan, M. M., & McDonald, B. D. (Forthcoming). Budgeting by Priorities: The Theory and Practice of Funding Decisions. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.
Abbott, M. E., McDonald, B. D., & Hatcher, W. (Eds.). (2023). Social Equity in the Public Administration Classroom. New York, NY: Routledge.
Maher, C. S., Park, S., McDonald, B. D., & Deller, S. C. (2023). Understanding Municipal Fiscal Health: A Model for Local Governments in the USA. New York, NY: Routledge.
McDonald, B. D., & Hatcher, W. (Eds.). (2022). Work-Life Balance in Higher Education. New York, NY: Routledge.
McDonald, B. D., & Jordan, M. M. (Eds.). (2021). Teaching Public Budgeting and Finance: A Practical Guide. New York, NY: Routledge.
McDonald, B. D., & Hatcher, W. (Eds.). (2020). The Public Affairs Faculty Manual: A Guide to the Effective Management of Public Affairs Programs. New York, NY: Routledge.
Selective Research Publications
McDonald, B. D., Hall, J. L., O’Flynn, J., & van Thiel, S. (2022). The Future of Public Administration Research: An Editor’s Perspective. Public Administration, 100(1), 59-71.
Goodman, C. B., Hatch, M. E., & McDonald, B. D. (2021). State Preemption of Local Laws: Origins and Modern Trends. Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, 4(2), 146-158.
McDonald, B. D., & Goodman, C. B. (2021). The Truth about Honesty in the Nonprofit Sector. Public Administration Quarterly, 45(2), 188-210.
McDonald, B. D., Decker, J. W., & Johnson, B. A. M. (2021). You Don’t Always Get What You Want: The Effect of Financial Incentives on State Fiscal Health. Public Administration Review, 81(3), 365-374.
McDonald, B. D. (2021). A Human Capital Model of the Defense-Growth Relationship. Social Science Journal, 58(2), 247-261.
McDonald, B. D., & Larson, S. E. (2020). Implications of the Coronavirus on Sales Tax Revenue and Local Government Fiscal Health. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 6(3), 377-400.
Gabrini, C. J., McDonald, B. D., & Eger, R. J. (2020). Does the Presence of an Internal Audit Affect the Outcome of a Municipality’s Audit of Its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report? Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 22(10), 124-137
McDonald, B. D., & Maher, C. S. (2019). Do We Really Need Another Municipal Fiscal Health Analysis? Assessing the Effectiveness of Fiscal Health Systems. Public Finance and Management, 19(4), 268-291.
McDonald, B. D. (2019). The Challenges and Implications of Fiscal Health. South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business, 15(2), 78-99.
McDonald, B. D. (2018). Local Governance and the Issue of Fiscal Health. State and Local Government Review, 50(1), 46-55.
Kim, J., McDonald, B. D., & Lee, J. (2018). The Nexus of State and Local Capacity in Vertical Policy Diffusion. American Review of Public Administration, 48(2), 188-200.
Eger, R. J., McDonald, B. D., Miller, D. R. (2017). Helpful Local Surtaxes? Florida and Disadvantaged Families. Local Government Studies, 43(2), 170-193.
McDonald, B. D. (2015). Does the Charter Form Improve the Fiscal Health of Counties? Public Administration Review, 75(4), 609-618.
McDonald, B. D. (2015). A ‘Dirty’ Approach to Efficient Revenue Forecasting. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 1(1), 3-17.
McDonald, B. D., & Gabrini, C. J. (2014). Determinants of Charter County Decisions: An Event History Analysis of Florida Counties. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 24(4), 721-739.
Eger, R. J., & McDonald, B. D. (2012). Moving Toward Comparability: Assessing per-Student Costs in K-12. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, 24(4), 609-638.
Ph.D. Public Administration Florida State University 2011
M.Ed. Training and Development North Carolina State University 2020
M.Sc. Economic History London School of Economics 2006
M.A. Peace and Conflict Resolution American Military University 2004
B.A. Communications Mercer University 2003
- Book review , Teaching Public Administration (2023)
- Introduction to the issue , JOURNAL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS EDUCATION (2023)
- Introduction to the issue , Journal of Public Affairs Education (2023)
- Taxation and citizen choice: The effect of a county charter on property taxes , PUBLIC BUDGETING AND FINANCE (2023)
- Teaching public administration historically , Journal of Public Affairs Education (2023)
- The dark horse of public administration: The challenge of pedagogical research , TEACHING PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (2023)
- The story of the NCPAA: The right time and place , JOURNAL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS EDUCATION (2023)
- Academic and Professional Approaches to Financial Condition Analysis , (2022)
- Case Study of Commerce, California , (2022)
- Case Study of Flint, Michigan , (2022)