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Democracy and the Public Agenda

“Those who would sacrifice essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”        - Benjamin Franklin Currently, many issues that affect our society…

Transportation Public-Private Partnerships: Challenges of Transparency and Accountability

Many recent studies and reports identify a huge backlog of infrastructure projects that need to be completed in the United States. One example of this backlog is estimated by the…

Profiles of Outstanding Women in Public Administration

In honor on International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8th, ASPA is sharing the profiles of some extraordinary female public servants.  Click here to look through a sampling of ASPA’s…

Great Successes from Small Changes

Great Successes from Small Changes

One hit a week. That’s what it takes to improve from a .250 to a .300 hitter according to Bull Durham’s Crash Davis. A good major league player will have…

Are Ethics Relevant?

Government scandal could now be considered commonplace. I should know. I’ve been part of a staff that has experienced political scandal first hand. I’ve dealt with the feelings of uncertainty…

How to Embed Transparency into Collaborative Governance

What is the proper role of government transparency in collaborative governance? Is it just about improving information management practices such as processing and storing huge data sets? Otherwise, is something…

Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities: A Serious Goal in Need of a Comprehensive Solution

Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities: A Serious Goal in Need of a Comprehensive Solution

The writer Augusten Burroughs wrote, “If you have your health, you have everything. If you don’t have your health nothing else matters.” In the United States there are millions of…

Using Technology to Increase Access and Transparency in Local Government

Today’s public administrator is facing challenges to inform and engage the public about the issues that confront our cities, counties and agencies. Citizens have to balance the demands of work,…

Change U at GVSU

Change U at GVSU

Our experience working in a nonprofit organization in the public service sector has made us recognize the importance of confronting social justice issues, both within our agency and with other…

To Blog or Not to Blog: Furthering Transparency Through Interactive Websites

To Blog or Not to Blog: Furthering Transparency Through Interactive Websites

The Benefits of Blogging: It was Feather O’Connor Houstoun, a senior adviser to the Wyncote Foundation, who astutely pointed out, “Government is moving toward transparency in fits and starts, and…

Public Service, Social Justice and Equity

Suspicion should be invoked when “public service,” “social justice” and “equity” are displayed in such close proximity, much more so when used in the same sentence. Connotations associated with each…