Professor of Political Science
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B.A., University of Florida, 1976
M.A., University of Florida, 1980
M.A., University of California-Riverside, 1985
Ph.D., University of California-Riverside, 1988
Fields: Public Policy and Policy Theory
Michael Givel is professor of political science. Professor Givel's teaching and research interests include: policy change theory, complexity theory and public policy, comparative public policy, public health policy, U.S. urban politics, social movements, and tobacco policy. Professor Givel's research and peer reviewed publications specifically focus on the evaluation of state functions, markets, social movements, corporate behavior and public policy and public administration at the local, state, federal, and international levels. This research has included specifically examining the theoretical and applied nature of policy change and corporate or political actions particularly as it impacts tobacco policy, which has resulted in numerous peer reviewed publications. This includes the 2013 book Heartland Tobacco War published by Lexington Press. In 2009, Professor Givel was the first U.S. research and teaching Fulbright to Bhutan. While in Bhutan, he taught graduate classes at the Royal Institute of Management in public administration and researched Bhutan's unique anti-tobacco law. In addition to tobacco policy, Professor Givel's recent scholarly publications include peer reviewed chapters exploring complexity theory and practice as a means to comprehend governmental policy making and researching happiness policy in Bhutan.
He is the author of The War on Poverty Revisited: The Community Services Block Grant Program in the Reagan Years published by University Press of America, an imprintwithin the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. His recent journal articles have appeared in the Journal of Public Health Policy, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Public Integrity, International Journal of Health Services, Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, Journal of Health Communication, Health Policy, Current Drug Abuse Reviews, Politics and Policy, Review of Policy Research, and Social Theory and Health.
Professor Givel is also a contributing author of a theoretical chapter entitled,'What's the Big Deal?': Complexity Versus Traditional US Policy Approaches' for the "Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy" published in May 2015: http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/handbook-on-complexity-and-public-policy.
Current Research: Current areas of teaching and research interest include public policy, health policy and tobacco policy, social welfare policy, urban politics, and social movements