Manuel P. Teodoro

Credentials: Professor


212 Observatory Hill Office Building
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1211

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Manuel (Manny) Teodoro is a Professor of Public Affairs.

Teodoro works at the intersection of politics, public policy, and public management. His research focuses on U.S. environmental policy and implementation, including empirical analyses of environmental justice. His latest book, “The Profits of Distrust” (2022, Cambridge), argues that basic services are the bedrock of government legitimacy, and links the meteoric rise of the bottled water industry to declining trust in American democracy.

In addition, Teodoro pursues a line of applied research on utility management, policy, and finance. He has developed novel methods for analyzing utility rate equity and affordability, and he works directly with governments and water sector leaders across the United States to address policy problems.

Teodoro also studies public management and bureaucratic politics, emphasizing labor markets as political phenomena and predictors of organizational performance. His award-winning first book, “Bureaucratic Ambition” (2011, Johns Hopkins), argues that ambition shapes administrators’ decisions to innovate and engage in politics, with important consequences for innovation and democratic governance.

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  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Political Science & Public Policy
  • M.P.A., Cornell University, Public Administration
  • B.A., Seattle University, Political Science


Public affairs courses taught by Manny Teodoro:

PA 366 U.S. Environmental Politics and Public Policy

PA 869 Workshop in Public Affairs

PA 874 Policy Making Process

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