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Eminent Domain and Economic Development

Eminent Domain and Economic Development

The law and the court system can have a major impact on the public administration of local and state economic development programs. Eminent domain is used for a wide variety…

Disdain for Politics

Disdain for Politics

In Lawrence M. Mead’s classic summary of the politician’s calling, he argued the study of policy should be combined with the study of politics. Many question the value of huge…

Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice

Environmental justice is one of those terms that have five or six definitions. The leading writer on the topic, Robert Bullard, considers the chief problem to be racism and maintains…

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Government Regulation of the Nonprofit Sector

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Government Regulation of the Nonprofit Sector

There are nearly 2 million nonprofit organizations registered with the Internal Revenue Service. Media coverage, along with investigations about wrongdoing and indiscretion in the nonprofit sector, has led to questions…

Power Dynamics Between Central and Local Governments

Power Dynamics Between Central and Local Governments

Decentralization is just a new administrative approach in the old bureaucratic system. Although decentralization can reform administrative structures, such as creating new laws and local governments, those reforms cannot work…

Facility Design Often a Neglected Topic in Public Administration

Facility Design Often a Neglected Topic in Public Administration

Sometimes, public administration needs to be about the everyday things at work. The places where we spend so many hours help shape our activities and attitudes. It is sometimes surprising…

The National Foreign Policy Agenda – Phase I

The National Foreign Policy Agenda – Phase I

Last month, The White House released its official National Security Strategy, which lists the president’s global priorities. This document is perceived as the administration’s most coherent framework from which to…

Experiential Learning: So What?

Experiential Learning: So What?

MPA programs are often targeted toward in-service, mid-career professionals. It’s one thing to learn about history, theories and facts, but it’s another to have that knowledge base under your belt.…

FosterEd Works Across Sectors to Meet Children’s Needs

FosterEd Works Across Sectors to Meet Children’s Needs

Research consistently shows that students in foster care have extremely poor educational outcomes. Their outcomes are poor even when compared to the educational outcomes of other at-risk student subgroups, like…

The Political Dynamics Behind Government Budgeting Process

Different disciplines have different perspectives on government budgeting. Regardless of those perspectives, a government budget becomes a legal document once it is approved by the legislature. As the budgetary process…

BIDs Can Be the Catalyst For Social Equity

BIDs Can Be the Catalyst For Social Equity

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have the capacity to be a catalyst to promote fairness and opportunity within neighborhoods and throughout an entire city. BIDs not only address security, marketing, beautification…

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