John Marini previously served on the faculty of the University of Dallas and Ohio University. He is a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute in California.
He received a White House appointment during the Reagan Administration to work as a special assistant to the chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C. He has been associate editor of the journal Political Communication: An International Journal.
Marini served as a director of the Legislative Intern Program in the Nevada State Legislature from 1989 to 1995. Since 1989, he has been a member of the Nevada Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission.
He has written extensively in the areas of American politics and public administration, focusing on the separation of powers and bureaucratic politics. He is the author of numerous articles on American politics and administration, budgeting, campaign finance and bureaucracy. He was invited to write the article on "The Budget Process and the Constitution" for the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (1991), edited by Leonard Levy. He is also the author or editor of the following books: The Politics of Budget Control: Congress, the Presidency, and the Growth of the Administrative State (1992), The Imperial Congress, Crisis in the Separation of Powers (1988) and Politics, Culture and Society: Readings on the American Tradition (1993).
- Political philosophy
- Organizational theory
- Bureaucratic politics
- The Progressive Revolution in Politics and Political Science: Transforming the American Regime, co-edited with Ken Masugi, Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.
- The Politics Of Budget Control: Congress, The Presidency And Growth Of The Administrative State, Taylor & Francis, 1992.
- The Imperial Congress: Crisis in the Separation of Powers, co-edited with Gordon S. Jones, World Almanac, 1989.
- Ph.D., University of California, Davis