Dr Scott Limbocker

​Assistant Professor (American Politics)
scott.limbocker@westpoint.edu

Biography


Dr. Scott Limbocker is an Assistant Professor of American Politics at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. He teaches courses in American politics and research methods. He serves as the course director for SS360, Political Science Research Methods, and SS498, the American Politics Thesis Program. Dr. Limbocker’s research focuses on the American executive branch and how the heterogeneity of employees within the federal government shapes the policy outcomes produced by agencies. Dr Limbocker holds a PhD in political science from Vanderbilt University as well as two Master’s in political science.

Ongoing Research Projects


Working Papers – description and most recent copy of the paper available upon request

“Controlling Agency Choke Points: Presidents and Turnover in Regulatory Personnel.” Under Review and Administration and Society.

“Special Operations Command and Congress: Improving RFI Effectiveness” with Zach Griffiths and Bryce Johnston. Invited for Submission at the Joint Special Operations University Press.

“The Politics of Civil Servant Turnover” Presented at MPSA 2017, APSA 2017.

“Anticipated Adjudication: An Analysis of the Judicialization of Agency Staffing” with Bill Resh and Jen Selin. Presented at MPSA 2019

“Campaign Contributions of Federal Judicial Appointments 1989-2014” With Bruce Oppenheimer.

“Executive Branch Revolving Door Lobbyists” with Michael Shepherd and Hye Young You. Presented at APSA 2018

“Politics and Tenure of U.S. Political Appointees, 1977-2014.” Presented at MPSA 2018.

“How ‘Political’ are Federal Agencies?” Presented at MPSA 2017

“Campaign Style: Candidates' Expenditure Allocation Strategies in the U.S. House, 2003-2014.” With Hye Young You. Presented at MPSA 2016, EPSA 2017.

“Pay for Performance or Pay for Politics?” With Mark Richardson. Presented at MPSA 2016; SPSA 2019.

Projects in Progress

“Is Exit Intention a Credible Response? Evidence from Federal Employees”

“Burrowers from Carter to Obama”

“Personnel Lessons from the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978”

“Does Unoccupied Time Enhance Cadet Learning?: Preliminary Evidence from the United State Military Academy's Schedule Change” with Meg Starr.

“Policy Analysis of the City-Pairs Program” with Kathleen Doody and Andrew Dowdle.

“How to Staff and Agency” with Mark Richardson

“Insulation Effectiveness” with Jen Selin

Publications & Presentations


“Why Do Bureaucrats Give? Campaign Contributions to Presidential Candidates 2004-2012.” Presi Controlling Agency Choke Points: Presidents and Turnover in the Senior Executive Service.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. JPART, forthcoming. With Kathleen Doherty and David Lewis.
-Winner of the 2015 Kenneth J. Meier Award at MPSA.
-Featured in Washington Post on the Monkey Cage blog.

“Why Do Bureaucrats Give? Campaign Contributions to Presidential Candidates 2004-2012.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 48.1 (2018): 667-689.

The Political Geography of Campaign Finance: Fundraising and Contribution Patterns in Presidential Elections, 2004-2012. Palgrave Macmillian, 2015. With Joshua L. Mitchell, Karen Sebold, Andrew Dowdle and Patrick A. Stewart.

“Party Cohesion in Presidential Races: Applying Social Network Theory to the Pre-Primary Multiple Donor Network of 2004 and 2008.” Party Politics 21.4 (2015): 638-648. With Song Yang, Andrew Dowdle and Patrick Stewart.

The Invisible Hands of Political Parties in Presidential Elections: Party Activists and Political Aggregation from 2004 to 2012. Palgrave Pivot, 2013. With Andrew Dowdle, Song Yang, Patrick Stewart and Karen Sebold.

"The Political Geography of Campaign Finance: Contributions to 2008 Republican Presidential Candidates." PS: Political Science & Politics 45.04 (2012): 688-693. With Karen Sebold, Andrew Dowdle and Patrick Stewart.

Select Conference Presentations:
“Anticipated Adjudication: An Analysis of the Judicialization of Agency Staffing “ with William G. Resh and Jennifer L. Selin. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association; Chicago, IL. April 2019.
“The Politics of Careers in the U.S. Civil Service” with Mark Richardson. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association; Austin, TX. January 2019.
“Special Operations Command and Congress: Improving RFI Effectiveness” with Zachary Griffiths and Bryce Johnston. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association; Austin, TX. January 2019.
“Controlling Agency Choke Points: Presidents and Turnover in the Senior Executive Service.” With Kathleen Doherty and David Lewis. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association; Boston, MA. September 2018.
“Politics and the Turnover of U.S. Political Appointees” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association; Chicago IL, April 2018.
“Partisan Turnover in the Permanent Civil Service” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association; San Francisco, CA. September 2017.
“Campaign Style: Evidence from U.S. House Elections” Coauthored paper presented by Hye Young at the Annual Meeting of the European Political Science Association; Milan Italy. June 2017.
“The Politics of Civil Servant Turnover” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association; Chicago IL, April 2017.
“How ‘Political’ are Federal Agencies?” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association; Chicago IL, April 2017.
“Why do bureaucrats give? Campaign contributions to presidential candidates, 2004-2012.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of The Southern Political Science Association; New Orleans, LA, January 2017.
“Buying Office? Characterizing the Electoral Impact of Candidates' Expenditure Allocation Strategies in the U.S. House, 2003-2014.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association; Chicago IL, April 2016. With Hye Young You.
“Pay for Performance or Pay for Politics?” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association; Chicago IL, April 2016. With Mark Richardson.
“Why do bureaucrats give? Campaign contributions to presidential candidates, 2004-2012.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of The Southern Political Science Association; San Juan Puerto Rico, January 2016.
dential Studies Quarterly 48.1 (2018): 667-689.

The Political Geography of Campaign Finance: Fundraising and Contribution Patterns in Presidential Elections, 2004-2012. Palgrave Macmillian, 2015. With Joshua L. Mitchell, Karen Sebold, Andrew Dowdle and Patrick A. Stewart.

“Party Cohesion in Presidential Races: Applying Social Network Theory to the Pre-Primary Multiple Donor Network of 2004 and 2008.” Party Politics 21.4 (2015): 638-648. With Song Yang, Andrew Dowdle and Patrick Stewart.

The Invisible Hands of Political Parties in Presidential Elections: Party Activists and Political Aggregation from 2004 to 2012. Palgrave Pivot, 2013. With Andrew Dowdle, Song Yang, Patrick Stewart and Karen Sebold.

"The Political Geography of Campaign Finance: Contributions to 2008 Republican Presidential Candidates." PS: Political Science & Politics 45.04 (2012): 688-693. With Karen Sebold, Andrew Dowdle and Patrick Stewart.

Select Conference Presentations:
“Anticipated Adjudication: An Analysis of the Judicialization of Agency Staffing “ with William G. Resh and Jennifer L. Selin. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association; Chicago, IL. April 2019.
“The Politics of Careers in the U.S. Civil Service” with Mark Richardson. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association; Austin, TX. January 2019.
“Special Operations Command and Congress: Improving RFI Effectiveness” with Zachary Griffiths and Bryce Johnston. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association; Austin, TX. January 2019.
“Controlling Agency Choke Points: Presidents and Turnover in the Senior Executive Service.” With Kathleen Doherty and David Lewis. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association; Boston, MA. September 2018.
“Politics and the Turnover of U.S. Political Appointees” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association; Chicago IL, April 2018.
“Partisan Turnover in the Permanent Civil Service” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association; San Francisco, CA. September 2017.
“Campaign Style: Evidence from U.S. House Elections” Coauthored paper presented by Hye Young at the Annual Meeting of the European Political Science Association; Milan Italy. June 2017.
“The Politics of Civil Servant Turnover” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association; Chicago IL, April 2017.
“How ‘Political’ are Federal Agencies?” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association; Chicago IL, April 2017.
“Why do bureaucrats give? Campaign contributions to presidential candidates, 2004-2012.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of The Southern Political Science Association; New Orleans, LA, January 2017.
“Buying Office? Characterizing the Electoral Impact of Candidates' Expenditure Allocation Strategies in the U.S. House, 2003-2014.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association; Chicago IL, April 2016. With Hye Young You.
“Pay for Performance or Pay for Politics?” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association; Chicago IL, April 2016. With Mark Richardson.
“Why do bureaucrats give? Campaign contributions to presidential candidates, 2004-2012.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of The Southern Political Science Association; San Juan Puerto Rico, January 2016.