Business, Law & Policy

FSU College of Law continues to rise in U.S. News rankings

The new U.S. News & World Report graduate and law school rankings are out, and the Florida State University College of Law has moved up in several key areas. The law school’s environmental law program now is ranked 12th in the nation (up from 14th) and, for the first time ever, the tax law program […]

Suspicious minds: FSU researcher documents consumers’ increasing skepticism

"This jacket makes you look 20 pounds lighter!" "These shoes go perfectly with your skirt!" "Lime green is really your color!" Sales pitches such as these can be heard every day in just about any mall in the United States. However, such ploys likely do little to clinch a sale—and may, in fact, create negative […]

Retailing giants to share know-how at FSU ‘Student Summit’ conference

Florida State University’s department of textiles and consumer sciences will welcome top fashion and retail industry executives March 13-16 during its annual Student Summit and Fashion Forum Conference. “With lectures and panels featuring insider perspectives on the future of retailing and fashion, our conference will educate merchandising and apparel design students on the career opportunities […]

Statewide association selects FSU for new partnership for excellence in local public management

The Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA), Florida State University’s Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, and the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government have joined forces to educate the next generation of local public managers in Florida, strengthen public management research and education, and create a local government issues forum. The […]

FSU researchers: Public favors juvenile justice system

The nation’s juvenile justice system emerged a century ago out of the belief that young offenders were less culpable and more salvageable than their adult counterparts, but today, that system is under attack by get-tough policymakers claiming wide public support that Florida State University criminologists say simply doesn’t exist. Daniel P. Mears In fact, a […]

Blueprint for success: FSU internship program reaps millions for city-county projects

Forget fetching coffee and making copies. Interns from Florida State University’s urban and regional planning department are responsible for bringing big money—we’re talking $5.4 million in the past four years—to benefit city-county improvement projects. FSU graduate students Brandie Miklus and Autumn Calder researched and wrote the latest successful grant application that will bring an estimated […]

The state of organized labor: ‘Joe Lunchbucket’ becomes ‘Chris Briefcase’

Labor unions are down, but they’re not necessarily out. That’s the verdict of Jack Fiorito, a professor of management in the Florida State University College of Business. Fiorito has analyzed various changes in the marketplace, the workplace and the political realm that have challenged organized labor in a new paper, "The State of the Unions […]

D’Alemberte to receive 2007 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award

Florida State University President Emeritus Talbot "Sandy" D’Alemberte has been selected as the recipient of the 2007 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award. The award will be presented by Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis at a January 25 ceremony at the Florida Supreme Court. The award, which commemorates Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon who […]

Who’s afraid of the big bad boss? Plenty of us, new FSU study show

The abusive boss has been well documented in movies ("Nine to Five"), television (Fox’s "My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss") and even the Internet ( Now, a Florida State University professor and two of his doctoral students have conducted a study that shines some light on the magnitude of the problem and documents its effects on […]

Two sides of the same coin: Money spurs changes for better and worse

Money changes everything, and that includes changing people’s motivations for the better and their behavior toward others for the worse, according to a new study published in the international journal Science. Florida State University psychology graduate student Nicole Mead was among a group of researchers who found that the concept of money brings about a […]

Faith-based prison programs claim to reduce recidivism, but there’s little evidence, says FSU research

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 600,000 prisoners are released each year. Nearly 70 percent have alcohol and drug problems. Within three years, roughly two-thirds are rearrested; about 50 percent land back behind bars. Policymakers across the country are pushing for implementation of faith-based prisoner reentry programming to reduce recidivism levels, but so far […]

FSU College of Business programs rise in national rankings

Moving up three spots, the undergraduate program in Florida State University’s College of Business secured the ranking of the 25th best business program in the nation among public institutions in the annual rankings of U.S. News & World Report. The 2007 ranking also placed FSU’s risk management/insurance program seventh best and its real estate program […]