Moore

Colin D. Moore

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, Public Policy Center, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Areas of Expertise:
  • Civic Engagement
  • Government Agencies
  • Health Care Reform

About Colin

Moore’s research examines how the development of public bureaucracies has shaped politics and public policy in the United States. He is currently completing a book manuscript on the acquisition and governance of American overseas colonies after the Spanish-American War. Other recent work explores the development and evolution of the Veterans’ Health Administration as a single-payer government-run health care system.

Podcast

Publications

"When Canvassers Became Activists: Antislavery Petitioning and the Political Mobilization of American Women" (with Daniel Carpenter). American Political Science Review 108, no. 3 (2014): 479-490.
Examines an original dataset of more than 8,500 antislavery petitions sent to Congress (1833–1845) and argues that American women's petition canvassing conferred skills and contacts that empowered their later activism.
"Innovation without Reputation: How Bureaucrats Saved the Veterans’ Health Care System" Perspectives on Politics 13, no. 2 (2015): 327-344.
Investigates the role of bureaucrats in shaping the development of the American welfare state and develops the concept of collaborative state-building to demonstrate how public-private partnerships may contribute to the expansion of social welfare programs in liberal states
"Robust Action and the Strategic Use of Ambiguity in a Bureaucratic Cohort: FDA Officers and the Evolution of New Drug Regulations, 1950-1970" (with Daniel P. Carpenter), in Formative Acts: American Politics in the Making, edited by Matthew Glassman and Stephen Skowronek (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007).
Explains how a new cohort of bureaucrats increased the scientific standards for drug approval regulations at the Food and Drug Administration.
"State Building through Partnership: Delegation, Public-Private Partnerships, and the Political Development of American Imperialism, 1898-1916" Studies in American Political Development 25 (April 2011): 27-55.
Investigates the role of public-private partnerships between American state officials and American financiers in the management and expansion of American empire.
"Ninety Years of Socialized Medicine: The Rise and Fall and Revival of the Veterans’ Health Care System," Policy History Conference, May 31, 2012.
Examines the development and evolution of the Veterans’ Health Administration as a single-payer government-run health care system.

In the News

Interview on VA: The Human Cost of WarColin D. Moore, a major academic consultant for PBS on the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs, November 6, 2017.
"Indifference to Isles’ Needy Stems from Unequal Access to Policymakers," Colin D. Moore, Honolulu Star Advertiser, May 24, 2015.
"Trust in Government Forever Tainted," Colin D. Moore, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, August 10, 2014.
Colin D. Moore's research on canvassing as a precursor to social activism discussed in Corydon IrelandColin D. Moore (with Daniel Carpenter), "Foreshadowing Feminism," Harvard Gazette, November 10, 2014.
Colin D. Moore quoted on divisions in the Hawaiian political establishment in Kyle Cheney, "Democratic Infighting Turns Bitter in Paradise" Politico, August 15, 2014.
"The VA was Born from Scandal: How Its Latest Failure Offers Hope for Reform," Colin D. Moore, Bangor Daily News, July 23, 2014.
"How VA Scandals Have Made the VA Better," Colin D. Moore, The Washington Post, May 22, 2014.
Guest to discuss the failure of cap-and-trade legislation and the movement toward a green economy on HPR's "Town Square", Colin D. Moore (with Theda Skocpol), March 14, 2013.