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We Don’t Know What We’re Talking About

Bill Barnes

Some time before 64 years and four months ago, Eric Blair wrote an essay about the misuse of words in public discussion. The essay has echoed…

Responding to the Fiscal Crisis: Reflections from China

Allan Rosenbaum

This past November, in the aftermath of the U.S. midterm elections, during which time the American people appeared to express a great deal of frustration with…

ASPA on the Move: History in the Making

ASPA on the Move: History in the Making

Meredith Newman

I have asked a number of our ASPA leaders to share their reflections on a recent seminar that was hosted by the Chinese Academy of Governance…

Strategic Recovery Requires Leadership

Christine Gibbs Springer

As public managers work toward a successful recovery post-midyear elections, we all must deal with system-wide problems arising from the recession. This requires first recognizing…

Responsible and Responsive Public Governance

Paul M. Green, Roosevelt University; Peter A. Creticos, Institute for Work and the Economy

Illinois is legendary for the blurry line separating government service from personal gain. While…

Health Care, a 50-State Challenge for Nation’s Public Administrators

Health Care, a 50-State Challenge for Nation’s Public Administrators

Elizabeth K. Kellar, President & CEO, Center for State and Local Government Excellence

Imagine that you are a state official, perhaps a Medicaid administrator or an insurance commissioner.…

A Boost to AmeriCorps: Success of Stimulus in Washington State

A Boost to AmeriCorps: Success of Stimulus in Washington State

Mary Van Verst, Debbie Schuffenhauer

Using service as a strategy to support those affected by the nation’s economic crunch isn’t exactly a revolutionary concept. In 1933, America was…

Where is Accountability and Transparency in State, Local Gov.?

Adam Wiliams, Daniel Bauer and Alexandru Roman

State and local governments have begun to encounter unprecedented spending and budget problems. The trend line points in a downward direction…

Improving the Corruption Perception Index Rank for United States

Alexandru V. Roman

In the recently released 2010, Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI), which measures the perception of corruption in the public sector, the United States received…

Business as Usual?

Josephine Gatti

Business hasn’t been “as usual” in Las Vegas, NV, for quite a while. Metropolitan Las Vegas has the highest foreclosure rate in the nation and Nevada…

Transformation of Real-time Reporting: The Recovery Act

Donna S. Canestraro, Theresa A. Pardo, Natalie Helbig and Alison Heaphy

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) challenged state agencies to meet the Act’s new…