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Global Millennials in Administration

Global Millennials in Administration

The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) has more than 3,000 student members. Most are in MPA programs, some are in DPA or Ph.D. programs, and all are in the…

Becoming the Nation’s “Best Managed” Government: One State’s Approach

Becoming the Nation’s “Best Managed” Government: One State’s Approach

In July 2013, Greg Adams became chief operating officer of Tennessee, a new position in the state’s government. From the start, Adams said recently, “We had a big focus on…

Why Theory X and Y Wasn’t So Helpful to Me

Why Theory X and Y Wasn’t So Helpful to Me

Back in the '70s, I received a strong dose of McGregor’s Theory X and Y in my MPA program. Theory X and Y is still mentioned several times in Rainey’s…

Employee Engagement Surveys — Are They Really Necessary?

Employee Engagement Surveys — Are They Really Necessary?

In this column and elsewhere, and in my book Engaging Government Employees, I’ve written about what I consider to be a critical step to improving employee engagement — measuring the…

Competence: A Requirement for Success

Competence: A Requirement for Success

Despite how motivated my four-year-old son is, I don’t allow him to mow the yard. He can play with his plastic push mower all he wants, but the real thing?…

Perceptions, Minority Populations and Law Enforcement: A Two Way Problem

Perceptions, Minority Populations and Law Enforcement: A Two Way Problem

What do you think about local law enforcement? This is one way to analyze the perception of the men and women providing police services in your community. What is being…

Local Emergency Managers’ Attitudes About Contemporary Emergency Management Policy

Local Emergency Managers’ Attitudes About Contemporary Emergency Management Policy

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Sean Hildebrand April 11, 2017 The field of emergency…

An Open Letter to Betsy DeVos

An Open Letter to Betsy DeVos

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Carroll Robinson and Michael Adams April 11, 2017 The…

Ethics and Deconstruction of the State

Ethics and Deconstruction of the State

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Michael Abels April 11, 2017 The field of public administration…

Consideration of Risks Improves the Value of Strategic Planning

Consideration of Risks Improves the Value of Strategic Planning

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By J. Woody Stanley, Michael Graf and Daniel Fodera April 11,…