Michael Bednarczuk, Ph.D., earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the founder of Pura Analytics. He has published on topics ranging from election forecasting to caucus votes in Congress to the attitudes and behaviors of bureaucrats in journals such as PS: Political Science and Politics, Journal of Ideology, The American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, Administration & Society, and Public Administration Quarterly. He has received numerous awards that have recognized him for his graduate school work and his professional accomplishments, such as a Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship and Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Founders’ Fellowship, which is the premier award by the American Society for Public Administration to recognize outstanding new professionals, and the James E. Webb Award, which is given to the most exemplary Founders’ Fellow.
This brief analyzes several different factors that impact the likelihood of state policymakers making changes to a pension plan.