Richard P. Nathan
Richard P. Nathan is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy,
University at Albany, State University of New York. He serves as director of the
Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and provost of the Rockefeller College of
Public Affairs and Policy, which is part of the State University of New York in Albany.
Prior to coming to Albany, Nathan was a professor of public and international
affairs at Princeton University, and before that a Senior Fellow at The Brookings
Institution. His government service includes associate director for the National
Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Commission), director of domestic policy research of
the national campaigns of Nelson A Rockefeller, assistant director for the U.S. Office of
Management and Budget, and deputy undersecretary for welfare reform of the U.S. Department
of Health, Education, and Welfare. His books include Turning Promises Into
Performance (Columbia University Press, 1993), The Administrative Presidency
(MacMillan, 1983), Reagan and the States (Princeton University Press, 1987), and Social
Science in Government (Basic Books, 1988).
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