David M. Van Slyke
Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs
Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy
Ph.D., Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York, 1999
Public and nonprofit management, government contracting, public-private partnerships, policy implementation, strategic management
PAI 785 Policy Implementation
PAI 996 DCP EMPA Master's Project Course
M. Van Slyke is Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at
Syracuse University and the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy.
Prior to becoming Dean on July 1, 2016, Van Slyke was Associate Dean and Chair
of Maxwell’s department of public administration and international affairs,
home to the country’s #1 ranked graduate degree in public affairs. He is a
tenured, full professor of the Maxwell School and the College of Arts and
Sciences and a two-time recipient of the Birkhead-Burkhead Award and
Professorship for Teaching Excellence.
Slyke is a leading international expert on public-private partnerships, public
sector contracting and contract management, and policy implementation. He is
Director and Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a
co-editor of the Journal of Public
Administration Research and Theory and the Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation. He also sits on
the editorial boards of several top-ranked public affairs journals. He has
provided expert guidance to the Office of Management and Budget, the Government
Accountability Office, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the World Bank. As part of his
work and research he has worked extensively with senior leaders in government,
nonprofit and business organizations in China, India, Peru, Singapore, Thailand
and many other countries through the Maxwell School’s Executive Education
Slyke’s most recent book, Complex
Contracting: Government Purchasing in the Wake of the U.S. Coast Guard's
Deepwater Program (Cambridge University Press, 2013) is the recipient of
the American Society for Public Administration Section on Research Best Book
Award for 2014 and honorable mention for the Public and Nonprofit Section of
the Academy of Management best book award for 2016. He is winner of the 2015
Distinguished Alumnus in Public Administration and Policy award from the
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and the 2007 Beryl Radin Award
for Best Article published in the Journal
of Public Administration Research and Theory.
Van Slyke earned a Ph.D. in public administration and policy
from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at
Albany, State University of New York. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked
in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
Brown, Trevor, Matthew Potoski, and David M. Van Slyke (2013). Complex Contracting: Government Purchasing in the Wake of the US Coast Guard's Deepwater Program. London, UK: Cambridge University Press.
* Recipient of the American Society for
Public Administration, Section on Public Administration Research, Best Book
Award – 2014
* Recipient of the Academy of
Management, Public-Nonprofit Division, Honorable Mention, Best Book Award – 2016
O'Leary, Rosemary, David M. Van Slyke, and Soonhee Kim (eds.) (2010). The Future of Public Administration Around the World: The Minnowbrook Perspective. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.
Bryson, John M., Lauren Hamilton
Edwards, and David M. Van Slyke (2017). “Getting Strategic about Strategic
Planning Research.” Public Management
Review. Published online, February 15, 1-23.
Brown, Trevor L., Matthew Potoski, and David M. Van Slyke (2016). “Managing Complex Contracts: A Theoretical Approach.” Journal of Public Administration, Research and Theory, 26(2): 294-308.
Boyer, Eric, David M. Van Slyke, and Juan Rogers (2016). “An Empirical Examination of Public Involvement in Public-Private Partnerships: Qualifying the Benefits of Public Involvement in PPPs.” Journal of Public Administration, Research and Theory, 26(1): 45-61.
Brown, Trevor L., Matthew Potoski, and David M. Van Slyke (2015). “The Impact of Transaction Costs on the Use of Mixed Service Delivery by Local Governments.” Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation, 1(4): 239-267.
Huitnik, Zachary, David M. Van Slyke, and Trevor L. Brown (2015). “Contracting in Pursuit of Public Purposes” In Handbook of Public Administration, Third Edition, Edited by James Perry and Robert Christensen. John Wiley & Sons, N.J.
Reports and Editorials
Van Slyke, David M. (2017). “Trump’s
Infrastructure Plan: How ‘private’ will he go?” Politico, June 7.
Van Slyke, David M., O’Keefe, Sean, and
Huitink, Zachary (2016). “The Coast Guard’s Flawed Icebreaker Plan.” Politico, August 19.
Huitink, Zachary and David M. Van Slyke (2015). "Beyond Business as Usual: Improving Defense Acquisition through Better Buying Power." IBM Center for the Business of Government.
Van Slyke, David M. (2014). "Decentralization of Service Delivery Systems." Report prepared for the World Bank and Russian Ministry of Finance.
Boyer, Eric, Juan Rogers, and David M.
Van Slyke. “Examining
When and How to Structure Public Involvement in Public-Private Partnerships:
Evidence from the Field.” (Under Review).
Boyer, Eric and David M. Van
Attitudes towards Public-Private Partnerships.” (Revise and Resubmit).
Brown, Trevor, Matthew Potoski,
and David M. Van Slyke. “The Management Imperatives of Complex Contracting:
Challenges and Solutions.” (Under Review).
Brown, Trevor, Matthew Potoski,
and David M. Van Slyke. “The Diffusion
of Service Delivery Practices within Local Governments.” (Under Review).
Lecy, Jesse D., Mary K. Feeney,
and David M. Van Slyke. “Complements or Substitutes: Government Funding and
Nonprofit Density.” (Under Review)
D. and David M. Van Slyke. “Profiles of Nonprofit Startups and Nonprofit
Research Grants and Awards
Grants (Refereed unless otherwise noted)
Co-Principal Investigator, “Developing an Enterprise Approach to Federal Policy
Governing U.S. Military Veterans.” IBM Center for the Business of Government.
June 2017-June 2018. $20,000. Co-Principal Investigator: Nicholas Armstrong, J.
Michael Haynie, Matthew A. Hidek, Zachary Huitink.
Co-Principal Investigator, “Introduction to American Society, Public Affairs and
Policy.” MOU Training Agreement with Ngee Anny Polytechnic, Singapore, 2014 -
Present. $85,000/yr. Co-Principal: Dr. William Coplin.
Investigator, “Beyond Business as
Usual: Transforming Defense Acquisition through Better Buying Power.” IBM
Center for the Business of Government. January 2014-January 2015. $20,000.
Co-Principal Investigator: Zach Huitink.
Co-Principal Investigator, “Security Sector Partnerships in
Post-Conflict States.” Naval Postgraduate
School, Office of the Secretary of Defense and Department of the Navy. September
2012-2013. $120,000. Co-Principal
Investigator: Nicholas Armstrong.
Selected Professional Activities
2014 – 2017, Co-Editor, Journal of Public
Administration, Research, and Theory
2014 – 2017,
Co-Editor, Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation
Media Activities (Selected)
National Public Radio Morning Edition, National
Public Radio/American Public Media’s MarketPlace,
the Washington Times, Government Executive, InsideDefense, Xinhua
Global Times in China, in Federal
Computer Week,Washington Technology,
Defense Industry Daily, Federal News
Radio, GovLoop, and by the Project on
Recent Invited Lectures
Invited Presentations (Selected)
“Rethinking the Government – Business Relationship: Public-Private Partnerships, Complex Contracts, Public Involvement.” Presentation to the Costa Rica Congress – ‘Perspectivas para el future de la Infraestructura del transporte en Costa Rica.’ Asamblea Legislativa de la Republica de Costa Rica, San Jose, April 21, 2016.
for Complex Products: Lessons from U.S. Federal Government Procurement.”
International Association for Contract and Commercial Management, Las Vegas,
NV, October 6, 2015.
for Fulfilling Arctic Responsibilities.” Arctic Circle Shipping Task Force:
Summit on the Alaskan Arctic, Anchorage, AK, August 25, 2015.
“Lessons in Complex Contracting” Standing Panel
on Public Management and Finance, Procurement Capacity Group, World Bank,
Washington, D.C., September 18, 2014.
“Governance in a Performance
Management Environment.” Presentation to the Department of Public
Administration, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, August 2, 2013.
“Challenges in Complex Procurement.” Presented at the International Experience in Procurement Reform: Lessons for Russia, World Bank, Moscow, Russia, May 31‐June 4, 2012.
High Table Keynote Speaker, Center for Public Administration and Policy,
Distinguished Alumnus in Public Administration and Policy, Rockefeller College
of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New
to the Board of Directors of the National
Academy of Public Administration, 2016-2019.
as a Fellow of the National
Academy of Public Administration, November 18, 2010.
and 2006-2010 Birkhead-Burkhead Professorship of
Teaching Excellence, Department of Public Administration, The Maxwell School,
Recipient of the 2007 Beryl Radin Award for Best Article published in the Journal
of Public Administration Research and Theory