Top-Level State Administrators: Changing Characteristics and Qualities

For too long, too little attention has been paid to the administrative arena of state government. This article examines recent trends and emerging issues in the scope, size and structure of state administration and the status and skills of administrators. The authors analyze data collected as part of the American State Administrators Project to identify trends in the personal and educational attributes and career paths of top-level state administrators.

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About the Authors
Deil S. Wright is the alumni distinguished professor of political science and public administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). His research and teaching career have focused on intergovernmental relations, with a special emphasis on the role of the states in the American federal system.

Chung-Lae Cho is a doctoral candidate in political science at the university. His Ph.D. dissertation focuses on the dynamics of national influences on state agencies through incentives (federal aid) and sanctions (mandates).

Yoo-Sung Choi is a senior research fellow at the Korean Institute of Public Administration in Seoul, Korea. He was recently a visiting research scholar at UNC-CH, where his research on local autonomy and intergovernmental relations resulted in several papers and publications. 

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