Parinandi's work deals with identifying the structural determinants of policy diffusion or contagion across the United States. He explores how institutional structures (like systems of legislative organization and regulation) can conditionally amplify as well as slow down processes of cross-governmental policy diffusion. The study of diffusion depends on the use of statistical techniques involving the proper measurement of influences across space and time; Parinandi consequently utilizes spatial econometric analysis and geographic information systems in his own research. Topically, Parinandi also researches the motivations surrounding the adoption of renewable energy portfolio standards (RPSs) in the United States and focuses on two aspects of the development of renewable energy policy: first, he evaluates how the incentives of regulatory commissions influence energy policy choices; and second, he examines how price sensitivity affects public support for renewable energy regulations.
Policy diffusion, state economic competition, regulation, spatial econometrics, geographic information systems, energy policy including renewables and conventional sources, public policy, legislative studies
PSCI 1101 - Introduction to American Politics
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Spring 2022
Emphasizes interrelations among levels and branches of government, formal and informal institutions, processes, and behavior.
PSCI 2106 - Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
Summer 2019 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020
Studies policymaking processes in American government, factors shaping public decision, and issues and questions relevant to political inquiry.
PSCI 3011 - The American Presidency and the Executive Branch
Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
Examines the constitutional, institutional and historical development of the presidency and the federal bureaucracy. Explores the changing role of the executive branch in the U.S. political system over time and competing views of executive power.
PSCI 7126 - Introduction to Public Policy
Designed for graduate students specializing in the field of public policy in the political science program. Surveys a wide variety of approaches to the analysis and understanding of public policy. The course is not a survey of any particular set of substantiative policy areas but instead is intended as an examination of the enduring puzzles that analysts of public policy commonly confront, the kinds of research methodologies that they employ, and a selection of the techniques that they bring to bear on their research questions.