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The Public Budget

The Public Budget

If the public were asked what they want from local government, according to Bowman and Kearney’s State and Local Government text, the answer would be “to be governed well.” But…

It Had to Be Security: The Nexus Between US-based Foreign Aid and Public Administration in the Caribbean

Foreign aid based in the United States has traditionally been critical to sustaining the machinery of central government in English-speaking Caribbean countries. It is not clear if this is purely…

Labor Force Components: Who Are We Attracting As Public Service Professionals?

Labor Force Components: Who Are We Attracting As Public Service Professionals?

Recruiting in all sectors of the workforce is the process of generating a pool of qualified applicants for organizational jobs. As staffing competition among the private and the public sector…

The Open Government Trend Moving Online

Public Service Recognition Week will have concluded before this issue of PA Times online reaches our readers, but recognizing the value of public employees and “connecting citizens with their government”…

Openness and Transparency: Is E-Government Learning to Listen?

Openness and Transparency: Is E-Government Learning to Listen?

Openness and improving transparency are two of the cornerstones of electronic government (e-government) policies. In this month’s column, we discuss some of the challenges of building the next phase of…

Obama, Presidential Power and the Boston Marathon Bomber

The initial decision by the Obama Administration and the FBI not to read Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber, his Miranda rights was wrong on at least two…

A Form of Modern Day Patronage

A Form of Modern Day Patronage

Recently, the Atlantic Cities website reported that Atlanta and its professional football team, the Falcons, are considering replacing the not-so-old Georgia Dome with a $1 billion “pantheon inspired” stadium. From…

Conjunction Junction, What’s Your Function? An Assessment of Coproduction in Atlanta

Coproduction is not a new concept, as it has been recognized in academic and practitioner circles since the 1970s. Its popularity subsided in the 1990s and 2000s, but in recent…

Saving Higher Education

Saving Higher Education

It’s no secret that higher education is in a state of turmoil—one might even use the word “crisis.” College costs have risen more rapidly than the pace of inflation. Student…

The FUNDing Is GOing aWAY, Oh MY!!

The FUNDing Is GOing aWAY, Oh MY!!

(First, the headline is best when sung to the tune of Lions, Tigers, and Bears…) A few years ago, there was a book called Hope is Not a Strategy.  Agreed,…

Global Leadership Counts for You and Your Organization

Global Leadership Counts for You and Your Organization

As public managers today, we live in an international and interconnected world which is becoming more interdependent due to increased technology. While technology is important, the real key to success…