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Fighting for the Uninsured: Government’s Role in Public Health

Fighting for the Uninsured: Government’s Role in Public Health

The Affordable Care Act doesn't let the IRS come after you if you don't pay the penalty. Failing to pay isn't a crime. So why this mandate and what’s its…

Public Management, Viet Nam Seabees and Complexity

Public Management, Viet Nam Seabees and Complexity

Today’s public managers routinely face complex situations that are rarely simple and straightforward. Complexity theory and statistics can yield insights through computation. …

Beyond Ethics: Honor and Public Service

Beyond Ethics: Honor and Public Service

Ethics standards and laws proscribe certain behaviors but say little about how an ideal public servant ought to behave. Demanding public servants be ethical is not enough. …

Steps Toward Creating an Inclusive Environment – Part II

Steps Toward Creating an Inclusive Environment – Part II

My previous column focused on strategies that can be used to create an inclusive environment. After its publication, I received a comment arguing that “multiculturalism as a philosophy has…

Discussing Controversial Issues in Public Policy Graduate Courses

Many graduate students—particularly new students who may or may not have had direct public work experience—must learn to engage in discussions on controversial or sensitive public policy issues. …

Research to Practice: How Cross-Sector Partnerships Lead to Stronger Volunteer Programs

Research to Practice: How Cross-Sector Partnerships Lead to Stronger Volunteer Programs

An article recently published in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, “Structures, Challenges, and Successes of Volunteer Programs Co-managed by Nonprofit and Public Organizations,” takes a close look at successful cross-sector partnerships…

Developing a New Black Agenda

This is the 21st century and African-Americans must not be afraid to have an agenda like the Hispanic and LGBTQ communities. We must be willing to speak up and out…

Rebuilding Trust between Congress and Executive Branch: A Matter of Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Rebuilding Trust between Congress and Executive Branch: A Matter of Public Health Emergency Preparedness

When Zika first emerged as a prominent issue, federal officials were already calling upon Congress to take the threat seriously. Public statements stressed the situation was “urgent.” Members of Congress,…

Decision Traps and Ethical Thinking

Decision Traps and Ethical Thinking

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Terry Newell November 8, 2016 On May 6, 2004,…

Leading from Behind

Leading from Behind

I have been reviewing the literature on leadership as the presidential campaign rhetoric has heated up. Observing the contrast between theory and the presidential campaign language about leadership has made…

Steps Toward Creating an Inclusive Environment

Steps Toward Creating an Inclusive Environment

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Tia Sherèe Gaynor November 4, 2016 My last four columns…

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