Dr. Mark McBethProfessor of Political Science
Office: Graveley Hall, North Wing, 300
Phone: (208) 282-2740
D.A. Idaho State University, Pocatello, 1992
Dr. Mark K. McBeth has been on faculty in the Department of Political Science since January, 1995. His research focuses on public policy and environmental policy.
In the 1990s, Mark primarily explored the role of environmental attitudes and economic development policy in rural communities including research on the relationship between the economic composition of a community and the community’s environmental attitudes. Since 2000, his research has mainly focused on the role of policy narratives in the development, design, and implementation of public policy.
The Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) represents a long term research effort by Mark and colleagues and ISU alumni (Dr. Elizabeth A. Shanahan at Montana State University and Dr. Michael D. Jones at Oregon State University) to move the study of policy narratives into an empirical, hypothesis driven framework.
An edited book on the NPF, The Science of Stories: Applications of the Narrative Policy Framework in Public Policy Analysis (co-edited with Jones and Shanahan) was published in December, 2014 (Palgrave) and the NPF appeared as a chapter in the third edition of Sabatier and Weible's Theories of the Policy Process. His most recent co-authored NPF research has appeared in Review of Policy Research, Policy Sciences, Policy & Internet, Environmental Politics, and Policy Studies Journal. His most recent NPF work is in collaboration with Dr. Donna Lybekcer and has found the NPF applied to the study of river restoration, the new media, and international borders.
In his post-doctoral career, Mark has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on twenty-three grants and contracts. Dr. McBeth is also a co-author (with Randy S. Clemons) of Public Policy Praxis: A Case Approach for Understanding Policy and Analysis (3rd edition, Routledge, 2017), a book that has been on the market since July, 2000 and is now in its third edition.
In 2011 and 2015, he was recognized as an "Outstanding Researcher" at Idaho State University. In 2005, he was named "Distinguished Teacher" at ISU. He was named a “Master Teacher” in 2001.
- Please check out my complete ISU Curriculum Vitae.
Courses Taught Most Recently
- Introduction to US Government
- Public Organizational Theory
- Public Policy Analysis
- Public Workplace Issues
- Pedagogy Seminar
- Public Administration and Policy Seminar
1. Do Stakeholders Analyze their Audience?: The Communication Switch and Stakeholder Personal versus Public Communication Choices (with Donna L. Lybecker and James W. Stoutenborough). Policy Sciences (in press).
2. Do We Understand What the Public Hears? Stakeholders’ Preferred Communication Choices for Decision Makers when Discussing River Issues with the Public (with Donna L. Lybecker, James W. Stoutenborough) Review of Policy Research (in press).
3. Public Policy Praxis: A Case Approach for Understanding Policy and Analysis, 3rd edition (with Randy S. Clemons), New York: Routledge (2017).
4. Do New Media Support New Policy Narratives? The Social Construction of the US-Mexico Border on YouTube (with Donna L. Lybecker, Mark K. McBeth, Maria A. Husmann, and Nicholas Pelikan. Policy & Internet, Vol. 7 (4), 497-525 (2015).
5. The Narrative Policy Framework (with Michael D. Jones and Elizabeth A. Shanahan). Chapter 7 (pages 225-266) in Theories of the Policy Process, third edition. Christopher M. Weible and Paul A. Sabatier (eds). Boulder: Westview Press (2014).
6. The Science of Stories: Applications of the Narrative Policy Framework in Public Policy Analysis (with co-editors Michael D. Jones and Elizabeth A. Shanahan). New York: Palgrave.
7. The Social Construction of a Crisis: Policy Narratives and Contemporary U.S. Obesity Policy (with Randy S. Clemons, Maria A. Husmann, Elizabeth Kusko, Alethea Gaarden). Risk, Hazards, & Crisis in Public Policy, Vol. 3(4),135-163 (2013).
8. An Angel on the Wind: How Heroic Policy Narratives Shape Policy Realities. (with Elizabeth A. Shanahan and Michael Jones) Policy Studies Journal, 41(3), 453-483 (2013).
9. Trash or Treasure: Recycling Narratives and Reducing Political Polarisation (with Donna L. Lybecker, Elizabeth Kusko) Environmental Politics, 22(2) (2013), 312-332.