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Mark K. McBeth

Chair of Political Science Department
Director of the MPA Program
Professor of Political Science

Office: Graveley Hall, North Wing, 3rd floor

(208) 282-2740

markmcbeth@isu.edu

D.A. Idaho State University, 1992

Dr. Mark K. McBeth has been on faculty in the Department of Political Science since January, 1995. His research focuses on public policy and environmental policy.

An edited book on the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF), The Science of Stories: Applications of the Narrative Policy Framework in Public Policy Analysis (co-edited with Michael D. Jones and Elizabeth A. Shanahan) was published in December, 2014 (Palgrave) and the NPF appeared as a chapter in the third edition of Sabatier and Weible's Theories of the Policy Process also in 2014. His most recent co-authored NPF research has appeared in Review of Policy Research, Policy Sciences, Policy & Internet, Environmental Politics, Journal of Borderland Studies, and Policy Studies Journal. His most recent NPF work is in collaboration with Dr. Donna Lybecker and has found the NPF applied to the study of river restoration, the new media, and international borders.

In his post-doctoral career, Mark has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on twenty-three grants and contracts. Mark is also a co-author (with Randy S. Clemons) of Public Policy Praxis: A Case Approach for Understanding Policy and Analysis (3rd edition, Routledge, 2017), a book that has been on the textbook market since July, 2000 and is now in its third edition.

In 2011 and 2015, he was recognized as an "Outstanding Researcher" at Idaho State University. In 2005, he was named "Distinguished Teacher" at ISU. He was named a “Master Teacher” in 2001.

 

Courses Recently Taught

  • Public Organizational Theory
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Public Workplace Issues
  • Pedagogy Seminar
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Political Parties and Groups
  • Public Administration and Policy Seminar

Select Publications

  1. The Social Construction of a Border: The US-Canada Border." Journal of Borderlands Studies. Forthcoming 2017 (with Mark K. McBeth, Adam Brewer, and Carine De Sy).
  2. Do Stakeholders Analyze their Audience?: The Communication Switch and Stakeholder Personal versus Public Communication Choices (with Donna L. Lybecker and James W. Stoutenborough). Policy Sciences Vol. 33, No. 4 (2016), 376-392.
  3. Do We Understand What the Public Hears? Stakeholders’ Preferred Communication Choices for Decision Makers when Discussing River Issues with the Public (with Donna L. Lybecker, James W. Stoutenborough) Review of Policy Research Vol. 33, No. 4 (2016), 376-392.
  4. Content Matters: Stakeholders Assessment of River Stories or River Science (with Donna L. Lybecker, James W. Stoutenborough, Katrina Running, Sarah Davis). Public Policy and Administration, published online first, October, 2016.
  5. Public Policy Praxis: A Case Approach for Understanding Policy and Analysis, 3rd edition (with Randy S. Clemons), New York: Routledge (2017).
  6. Do New Media Support New Policy Narratives? The Social Construction of the US-Mexico Border on YouTube (with Donna L. Lybecker, Mark K. McBeth, Maria A. Husmann, and Nicholas Pelikan. Policy & Internet, Vol. 7 (4), 497-525 (2015).
  7. The Narrative Policy Framework (with Michael D. Jones and Elizabeth A. Shanahan). Chapter 7 (pages 225-266) in Theories of the Policy Process, third edition. Christopher M. Weible and Paul A. Sabatier (eds). Boulder: Westview Press (2014).
  8. The Science of Stories: Applications of the Narrative Policy Framework in Public Policy Analysis (with co-editors Michael D. Jones and Elizabeth A. Shanahan). New York: Palgrave (2014).
  9. The Social Construction of a Crisis: Policy Narratives and Contemporary U.S. Obesity Policy (with Randy S. Clemons, Maria A. Husmann, Elizabeth Kusko, Alethea Gaarden). Risk, Hazards, & Crisis in Public Policy, Vol. 3(4),135-163 (2013).
  10. An Angel on the Wind: How Heroic Policy Narratives Shape Policy Realities. (with Elizabeth A. Shanahan and Michael Jones) Policy Studies Journal, 41(3), 453-483 (2013).