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Public Service: The Watermark of Democracy

Public Service: The Watermark of Democracy

If democracy is no longer the structure of governance then the public’s work becomes difficult or it does not get done at all. Public Service exists as a continuous reform…

The City Manager-City Council Relationship: Part One

The City Manager-City Council Relationship: Part One

Organizations can overcome some of the challenges of an untrained elected executive with outstanding leaders. And council-manager cities can be just as dysfunctional as any with poor elected officials and…

United States Must See Monkeypox Emergency as an Opportunity To Reestablish Global Health Security Leadership

United States Must See Monkeypox Emergency as an Opportunity To Reestablish Global Health Security Leadership

The United States must establish an international role in making sure the mistakes of HIV/AIDS are not repeated and that prejudice does not get in the way of medical and…

Towards a More Comprehensive Public Innovation With Data Science—Part I

Towards a More Comprehensive Public Innovation With Data Science—Part I

Furthermore, any intervention in complex social systems requires careful consideration of system-level consequences, including potential negative social effects.…

The Two-Party System

The Two-Party System

As practitioners in public administration, we make assessments constantly; we are responsible for setting the framework for the success or failure of our nation...Yes, we have personal values to consider.…

Los Angeles Hotels: Serving Travelers or Homeless Individuals?

Los Angeles Hotels: Serving Travelers or Homeless Individuals?

There is a proposed ordinance being considered that would require hotels within the city limits to make available all vacant rooms to unhoused, homeless individuals. Is this kind of government…

Celebrate Social Security’s Lean Design of Universality

Celebrate Social Security’s Lean Design of Universality

Using Medicare’s lean design of universality, all Americans could have access to health care...On the 87th anniversary, let us celebrate FDR’s vision for social insurance as we acknowledge that it…

Get Your Assets in Gear: Part 2

Get Your Assets in Gear: Part 2

Whether to guard against an economic slowdown, hold down tax rates or pursue community goals, local governments should be looking to leverage their assets in new ways.…

Is It a Recession? Maybe Not Yet.

Is It a Recession? Maybe Not Yet.

The distinctive nature of the current situation is that while there are dips in some categories such as business inventories and residential home construction, there are not yet widely seen…

A Post Pandemic Research Agenda by and for Public Policy and Administration Scholars

A Post Pandemic Research Agenda by and for Public Policy and Administration Scholars

The pandemic has exposed the existence of systemic problems and magnified aspects of political and administrative issues scholars have long been dealing with. Yet, reflecting on research agendas may clarify…

How Do We Train for High-impact Public Leadership?—Part Two

How Do We Train for High-impact Public Leadership?—Part Two

Common and uncommon leadership simulations can be presented to the student who uses sense-making, experimentation and self-discovery to grow as a leader...avoiding the shortcomings of the leadership filtration system while…

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