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Blockchain: A Potentially Disruptive Innovation

Blockchain: A Potentially Disruptive Innovation

Innovation in the public sector is always a topic of discussion wrought with both hyperbole and striking contradictions. Especially engaging is when the dialogue couples the inherent inefficiencies woven into…

The Politics of Contempt

The Politics of Contempt

We take for granted that politics is characterized by partisanship. It may even be that extreme partisanship is more the norm than the exception. Strictly speaking, partisanship is the expression of…

Combating Heroin Addiction in the United States with Supervised Injection Facilities

Combating Heroin Addiction in the United States with Supervised Injection Facilities

Heroin addiction is on the rise in the United States. Many individuals in America may not see heroin addiction as a problem that affects them. They may see it as…

The Influence of Cable TV, Talk Radio and Social Media upon American Politics and Our Polarized Electorate

The Influence of Cable TV, Talk Radio and Social Media upon American Politics and Our Polarized Electorate

The Presidential election of 2016 was an election like no other in United States history. The typical banter between candidates became a mudslinger’s paradise, even pulling the voting public into…

Public Policy and Market Failure

Public Policy and Market Failure

Government intervention in the economy recognizes there are often issues with allocating certain goods and services using market mechanisms. For example, there is little debate about the efficiency of the…

Pay Trumps No Pay

Pay Trumps No Pay

Today a senior staff member in a critically important national institution with a college degree works full time without a salary. This is apparently an acceptable state of affairs because…

Coming Home and Funding New Campaigns: Veterans’ Access to Capital

Coming Home and Funding New Campaigns: Veterans’ Access to Capital

While American veterans’ benefits have existed since the Revolutionary War, most aim to maintain and restore social capital to servicemen and servicewomen and their families. Fewer veterans’ assistance programs target…

Social Security Administration and Budget Cuts: The Struggle to Provide Customer Service

Social Security Administration and Budget Cuts: The Struggle to Provide Customer Service

For the past six years, Social Security Administration (SSA) employees have struggled to meet the growing demand for customer service. On average, Social Security beneficiaries wait on hold for 15…

This Week’s Episode of Repeal and Replace: Obamacare

This Week’s Episode of Repeal and Replace: Obamacare

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to bring the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to a Senate vote just before the July 4 recess. Let’s review some of the key…

Medicaid Expansion: Will Positive Outcomes Assure Future Viability?

Medicaid Expansion: Will Positive Outcomes Assure Future Viability?

There is perhaps a case no more contentious in public administration of U.S. health care services than state implementation (or not) of Medicaid expansion for medically indigent and low income…

Intersector Briefing: Smart Cities and Cross-Sector Collaboration

Intersector Briefing: Smart Cities and Cross-Sector Collaboration

“Smart city” is a phrase referenced more and more often in discussions related to urban development, whether by urban planners, city leaders or tech companies. But what does it really…

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