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Why Management Would Be Good for Politicians

I have argued in previous columns that institutions of government lack, but desperately need, strong and capable management. I have also pointed out that the obstacles to meeting this need…

Core Marketing Functions for Economic Development

Core Marketing Functions for Economic Development

Dating back to the 1920s, private sector companies worked together to form economic development organizations. These organizations helped companies further their business development. Today, economic development organizations focus on three…

Leveraging Cross-sector Partnerships: Lessons From Texas

Leveraging Cross-sector Partnerships: Lessons From Texas

In 2001, the University of Texas School of Public Health in Brownsville began research to identify health risks in the community. Results showed that 80 percent of Brownsville residents were…

Health Is Everything – But Exactly What Is It?

Health Is Everything – But Exactly What Is It?

In this, my final column, I would like to examine the concept of health more closely. The definition of health suffers from the same problem as the definition of pornography.…

Adaptive Administration: Public Administration and Constant Change

Adaptive Administration: Public Administration and Constant Change

For many years, public administration often focused on an established set of topics and “ways in which things were supposed to be done.” Evolution came slowly and revised strategies often…

Teaching Impact: Sharing Your Stories

Teaching Impact: Sharing Your Stories

I write this first column of the year reflecting on death and the meaning of life. Stuart Scott, the well-known ESPN sportscaster, died recently. In listening to the various remembrances,…

State of the Union Preview

State of the Union Preview

The president will deliver the State of the Union address later this month to update Congress, as well as the American people, about the general health and future of the…

New Principal Modus Operandi of Public Programs: Joint Action

New Principal Modus Operandi of Public Programs: Joint Action

The traditional, hierarchical government paradigm was the archetype throughout the world during most of the last century. However, the ever-increasing complication of today’s life with cutting edge technology, rapidly spreading…

A Collective Agreement on Efficiency in Public Higher Education

A Collective Agreement on Efficiency in Public Higher Education

For some time now, the public higher education policy arena has been flooded with ideas and debates on how to make institutions more affordable and accessible. To complicate matters, there…

Transparency in Community Development: Five Resolutions for Local Governments

Transparency in Community Development: Five Resolutions for Local Governments

Public administration has a strong tradition of advocating for open government and ethical administrative practices in our public agencies. The ICMA, for example, developed elements for governments to be more…

2015: A Year at the Energy-Employment Nexus

2015: A Year at the Energy-Employment Nexus

Green jobs, the Keystone XL Pipeline and fracking are relatively recent terms to enter our political lexicon, but they will appear near the top of policy agendas in 2015. The…

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