Philip Rocco


Assistant Professor of Political Science


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley


Philip Rocco is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Prof. Rocco's research examines the consequences of institutional fragmentation for the development of public policy, with a focus on the politics of health reform in the United States. He teaches courses on American politics and the policymaking process. Prof. Rocco was formerly a postdoctoral associate at the University of Pittsburgh's Health Policy Institute. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.


Prof. Rocco is currently working on a book manuscript, Reorganizing the Activist State, which shows how policy entrepreneurs facing institutional obstacles to major reform create non-binding, deliberative bodies, which reconfigure the ideas, coalitions, and policy alternatives that dominate the political arena. He has also co-authored a book on federalism and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare Wars, which was published by the University Press of Kansas in 2016.  His research has been featured in, among other venues, JAMAPublius, The Journal of Public Policy, Public Administration Review, and the Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law.










Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. 2016. Obamacare Wars: Federalism, State Politics, and the Affordable Care Act.

Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.



Selected Articles

Rocco, Philip, Andrew S. Kelly, Daniel Béland, and Michael Kinane. Forthcoming (2016). "The New Politics of US Health Care Prices: Institutional Reconfiguration and the Emergence of All-Payer Claims Databases." Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law.


Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. Forthcoming (2016). "The Affordable Care Act and the Politics of Universal Coverage." Social Policy & Administration.


Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. 2016. "Reassessing Policy Drift: Social Policy Change in the United States." Social Policy & Administration 50(2): 201-218.


Rocco, Philip, Walid F. Gellad, Julie M. Donohue. 2015. "Modernizing Medicaid Managed Care: Can States Meet the Data Challenges?" JAMA 314(15): 1559-1560.


Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco and Alex Waddan. 2015. "Polarized Stakeholders and Institutional Vulnerabilities: The Enduring Politics of the Affordable Care Act." Clinical Therapeutics 37 (4): 720–726.


Tummers, Lars and Philip Rocco. 2015. "Serving Clients When the Server Crashes: How Frontline Workers Cope With E-Government Challenges." Public Administration Review 75(6): 817-827.


Rocco, Philip. 2015. "Making Federalism Work? The Politics of Intergovernmental Collaboration and the PPACA." Journal of Health and Human Services Administration 37(4): 412–461.


Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. 2014. "Implementing Health Care Reform in the United States: Intergovernmental Politics and the Dilemmas of Institutional Design." Health Policy 116(1): 51–60.


Rocco, Philip and Chloe Thurston. 2014. "From Metaphors to Measures: Observable Indicators of Gradual Institutional Change." Journal of Public Policy 34 (1): 35–62.


Chatfield, Sara and Philip Rocco. 2014. "Is Federalism a Political Safety Valve? Evidence from Congressional Decision-Making, 1960–2005." Publius: The Journal of Federalism 44 (1): 1-23.






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