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The Primacy of Rules in Government

The Primacy of Rules in Government

I believe people outside of government don’t appreciate how much day-to-day government behavior is driven by rules.…

Are You Ready to Improve Employee Engagement?

Are You Ready to Improve Employee Engagement?

In this column and elsewhere, I've argued that improving the level of employee engagement can be a key way for government organizations to deliver consistently high quality service. The research,…

Teaching Ethical Leadership: From Individual Action to Organizational Systems

Teaching Ethical Leadership: From Individual Action to Organizational Systems

A survey of the literature, textbooks and syllabi on ethics education (along with my own personal observations over the years) reveals that formal ethics education in public administration degree programs…

Public Scholars as Valuable Resources for the Discipline and Society

Public Scholars as Valuable Resources for the Discipline and Society

In a time of misinformation, the role of the public scholar is important to counter fiction with facts. Scientific inquiry, the methodical process of investigating phenomena, is a skill that…

Diversity in the Workplace: The New Mastermind Group

Diversity in the Workplace: The New Mastermind Group

The information in this article comes from published research I conducted on the failure to attract qualified diversity candidates for leadership positions. Diversity refers to a state or fact of…

Street Art as Political Discourse

Street Art as Political Discourse

Research has demonstrated a connection between graffiti and its role on social attitudes, customs and resident perceptions. While these artful expressions, for some, are a nuisance, for others, they are…

Cybersecurity and Local Governments in the United States: A Need for Public Administration

Cybersecurity and Local Governments in the United States: A Need for Public Administration

A few years ago, I was part of a team that helped local governments in eastern Kentucky offer e-government services by having functional websites, online bill payment and other internet…

How Local Government Can Become More Transparent and Accountable to the Public in an Era of Governance Fragmentation? Explaining the Case of Local Development Corporations in the State of New York

How Local Government Can Become More Transparent and Accountable to the Public in an Era of Governance Fragmentation? Explaining the Case of Local Development Corporations in the State of New York

Alternative modes of service delivery are an important institutional choice available to local governments across the country, but the way they are being used may create issues of transparency and…

Sorting Garbage in Yosemite

Sorting Garbage in Yosemite

In 1961, when I was a college student, I got a summer job working as a laborer for the National Park Service in Yosemite. I got it the old fashioned…

When A Tribe’s Driver Is at Fault…

When A Tribe’s Driver Is at Fault…

William Shakespeare raised the issue in his The Life of King John. There, Pembroke philosophizes, “When workmen strive to do better than well, they do confound their skill in covetousness;…

Local Law Enforcement in an Era of Nativist Populism

Local Law Enforcement in an Era of Nativist Populism

I was recently at an event in Salt Lake City where several distinguished guests ranging from various religious leaders to the Chief of Police expressed support for the city’s immigrant…