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Building and Selling Community Identity

A recent article in Governing magazine examines the costs and benefits of municipal branding. The article highlights the work of a high-paid consultant that helps local governments develop slogans and…

The End of the Second Civil Rights Era

The End of the Second Civil Rights Era

By all indications, the second civil rights era in American history will end this June. That is when the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in Shelby County v.…

A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Perspective

If there is one observation increasingly endorsed by conservatives and liberals alike it is this: American government isn’t working. Not in Washington, and not in a growing number of states.…

Leadership Challenge: Optimizing Productivity

When you come right down to it, an organization is nothing more and nothing less than people and information interacting with each other. However simple this is to capture in…

Managing in a Time of Crisis

Managing in a Time of Crisis

Some managers shine during a major crisis, while others don’t. As a strategic manager, one must follow a comprehensive protocol that includes the implementation of teams, systems and tools to…

Telework in the Federal Government: Benefits and Pitfalls

Telework in the Federal Government: Benefits and Pitfalls

Over the last two decades, telework has increasingly become an essential element in the federal government’s operations, making it a subject worthy of careful study. As technological capabilities to facilitate…

Reasonable or Unreasonable Expectations: Accountability in Emergency Management

Reasonable or Unreasonable Expectations: Accountability in Emergency Management

For decades, there has been a call for greater accountability in government. This is appropriate, given that, in a democracy, the government derives its powers from the people and should…

Digital Government: How Technologically Fit Are You?

Digital Government: How Technologically Fit Are You?

Alright, 2013 is in full swing, and now is the time to check up on your New Year’s resolutions. Staying on target? It depends, we know. Now let’s get specific.…

Gun Regulations and Limits of the Law

Gun Regulations and Limits of the Law

The push in Congress and in many states for new gun laws will be captured by many political myths. Debates will falsely declare that the mentally ill are the cause…