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Richard BoxCraig S. Maher

Professor of Public Administration

Phone: (402) 554.2625
Fax: (402) 554.2682

Primary Expertise

Financial Management
Public Budgeting
Fiscal Federalism


B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, International Relations and Economics, 1990
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Political Science, 1992
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Political Science, 1995

Professional Research

Professor Maher’s research areas currently focus on the measurement and identification of factors influencing fiscal condition at the local level.  Projects he is currently working on in this area include an examination of how municipalities in the US fared through the recession of 2008, the extent to which government structure affects fiscal condition and the impact of tax and expenditure limitations on fiscal condition.  In addition, Professor Maher is studying the effects of recent changes in government financial reporting from the perspective of producers and users of these documents.  He has recently published in the journals Public Budgeting and Finance, the Journal of Government Financial Management, International Journal of Public Administration, Public Works Management and Policy, Public Finance Review, Public Administration Quarterly and Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management.  Professor Maher’s 2013 article in the Journal of Government Financial Management was awarded best article of the year by the Association of Government Accountants.

Recent Publications

Craig Maher and Steven Deller. “Assessing the Relationship Between Objective and Subjective Measures of Financial Condition Using Government-Wide Statements”, Public Budgeting and Finance

Craig Maher. “Measuring Financial Condition: An Essential Element of Management During Periods of Fiscal Stress”, Journal of Government Financial Management

Steven Deller, Craig Maher, Lindsay Amiel and Judith Stallmann. Forthcoming. “The Restrictiveness of State Tax and Expenditure Limitations and State Debt”, Journal of Public Financial Management

Steven Deller, Lindsay Amiel, Judith Stallmann and Craig Maher. “Do Tax and Expenditure Limitations Hinder the Condition of Public Infrastructure? The Case of the Nation’s System of Bridges”, Public Works Management and Policy

Stallman, Judith, Steven Deller, Lindsay Amiel and Craig Maher. “Tax Expenditure Limitations and State Credit Ratings.  Public Finance Review. 40 (5).

Professional Activities

Professor Maher is a member of Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), the Association of Budgeting and Financial Management and; the American Society of Public Administration. Professor Maher is also associated with the Wisconsin and Illinois chapters of ICMA and GFOA and is Co-Chair of the Great Plains GFOA’s Education Committee.  Professor Maher has served on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Public Administration’s (ASPA) Section on Public Performance and Management, the National League of Cities and Urban Institute’s Advisory Legislating-for-Results Advisory Committee and the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) service efforts and accomplishments (SEA) Task Force.  He was also appointed to Wisconsin Governor Doyle’s Task Force on Milwaukee County Finances and was elected to the Wauwatosa, WI Common Council, serving from 2004-2009.