Date of Defense



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Susan Hoffman

Second Advisor

Jan Maatman

Third Advisor

Tamara Carpenter


The purpose of my research is to examine the relationship between formal government actors and social service nonprofit organizations in the public policymaking process in the United States. I deploy established policy theory and organizational theory to observe this complex association with a case study of Planned Parenthood through two levels of analysis: (1) a framework staging nonprofit organizations as important actors in policy-oriented communities, and (2) the political process of policymaking at the state and federal level.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only