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What Would You Do?

What Would You Do?

The more complex control systems become the more challenging managing them becomes. However, I was recently reminded that one unintended consequence of all the focus on elaborate control systems is…

H.R. 1 Fights the Dark Side

H.R. 1 Fights the Dark Side

Remember the Star Wars Trilogy, which had all the spectacular sci-fi imagery? We were amazed as we watched the big screen and heard the beeps and saw the light show;…

Policymaking in the Public Right-of-Way: Home Rule

Policymaking in the Public Right-of-Way: Home Rule

The regulatory systems that governments once used to modify and control the information landscape are themselves becoming more centralized at the state and federal level. From the perspective of local…

The Current Government Shutdown: A Winter of Discontent

The Current Government Shutdown: A Winter of Discontent

We live in a republic of the people, by the people and for the people. What must we do to rescue our government? And finally, are we the ones to…

Effective Followership in the Public Sector: Cultivating Unofficial Leadership

Effective Followership in the Public Sector: Cultivating Unofficial Leadership

The topic of leadership has been a predominate focus in professional literature for decades. Conversely, the ideal of followership is regarded as a perpetually secondary stance from which employees may…

Avoiding an Unplanned Ambulance Closure

Avoiding an Unplanned Ambulance Closure

For decades, volunteers were the backbone of ambulance squads. Fast-forward 23 years later and the tides have turned dramatically— but not for the better. …

Public Administration Under a Government Shutdown: Is This Now the New Norm? 

Public Administration Under a Government Shutdown: Is This Now the New Norm? 

The images of closed restrooms and overloaded trash bins at national parks only speak to the basic functions of government we tend to forget matter. Perhaps there is no better…

Helping Our Neighbors Achieve Their Dreams

Helping Our Neighbors Achieve Their Dreams

Across America, high school students and their families dream of getting into good, hopefully affordable, colleges. Community education foundations are an important resource to enhance the lives and prospects of…

Cultivating Leadership: Freedom and Responsibility

Cultivating Leadership: Freedom and Responsibility

If organizations seek to cultivate leadership, they must first consider the virtue of employees.…

Learning from Wisconsin: Why 2019 Promises to be a Dangerous Year

Learning from Wisconsin: Why 2019 Promises to be a Dangerous Year

However, the big issues of 2018 were nothing new to PA; the administrative state has always faced legitimacy challenges, budgeting has always been about choices and norms are always changing.…

Reforming and Updating Public Finance Legislation: An Australian Perspective

Reforming and Updating Public Finance Legislation: An Australian Perspective

From my perspective there are not many topics as exciting as public finance legislation. But I also enjoy test match cricket! Here in Australia we have been through a period…

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