Mark K. Cassell

Mark K. Cassell

MPA Coordinator and Professor
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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


2016. Как Правительства Приватизируют: Политика Разоблачения в Соединенных Штатах и Германии (Moscow: Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy). Russian reprint of How Governments Privatize: The Politics of Divestment in the United States and Germany published by Georgetown University Press is 2002. Includes new and updated Preface.

2010.  Mission Expansion in the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, with Susan M. Hoffmann.

2002.  How Governments Privatize: The Politics of Divestment in the United States and Germany   Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press.


2016. “A Tale of Two Crises: Germany's Landesbanken and the United States’ Savings and Loans,” Journal of Banking Regulation,  Vol 17: 73-89.

2014. "The Impact of Unionization on University Performance," Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy: Vol. 6, Article 3, with Odeh Halaseh.

2012.  “"When Smaller Governments Open the Window: A study of website creation, adoption and presence amongsmaller local governments in northeast Ohio" with Sarah Mallaly, State and Local Government Review vol. 44 no. 2 91-100

2010.  “Racing to the Bottom at Different Speeds?  The Differential Impact of Intra-State Competition in Ohio's Enterprise Zone Program.” State and Local Government Review 42(3):1-15, with Robert Turner.

Book Chapters

2016.  “Germany’s Approach to the Financial Crisis: A Product of Ordo-Liberalism” in: Konrad H. Jarausch/Harald Wenzel/Karin Goihl (eds), Different Germans, Many Germanies. New Transatlantic Perspectives, New York: Bergman.

2010. “Engaging Citizens on the Internet: An Assessment of Local Governments in Ohio,” in Chris Reddick (ed.)Citizens and E-Government: Evaluating Policy and Management. Hershey, PA: IGA Global Publishers, with John Hoornbeek (reprint of journal article in International Journal of Electronic Government Research on Citizens and E-Government).

2009. “When Local Governments Choose Open Source Technology,” in Chris Reddick (ed.) Strategies for Local E-Government Adoption and Implementation: Comparative Studies. Hershey, PA: IGA Global Publishers.


Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998, M.A. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993, M.P.A. in Public Policy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992, B.A. in Politics and Economics, University of California, 1987


public administration, political economy, Economic Development