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One (Divisible) Nation: Emoluments for Influence?

One (Divisible) Nation: Emoluments for Influence?

Foundations of Public Administration is, in my humble opinion, one of the hallmark courses for any MPA student and I take seriously the steadfast charge to present and explore the…

Employee Valuation: The “A-ha” Moment!

Employee Valuation: The “A-ha” Moment!

Are Administrators not investing in people because of low output (read: productivity and widgets), or, as Administrators, have we underinvested in our greatest commodity: People? We must have an “A-ha”…

Have Diplomacy—Will Negotiate

Have Diplomacy—Will Negotiate

The secret of being a great president is to understand the full scope of one’s duties as prescribed by the Constitution and forged over time with respect to implied powers.…

Church, State and the Golden Rule

Church, State and the Golden Rule

Could the golden rule be the common denominator among those who believe the United States was founded as a Christian nation and those who believe in strict separation of church…

Our Fragile Representative Democracy and its Repair

Our Fragile Representative Democracy and its Repair

There are urgent fixes to make to our voting system more representative and less volatile for the future.…

The Line-Item Veto Reconsidered

The Line-Item Veto Reconsidered

In this month’s column I will explain what a line-item (sometimes called a partial or digit veto) veto is; and why Presidents do not have this ability, unlike many of…

The Risk of Doing Something

The Risk of Doing Something

In times of crisis there is immense pressure placed on those in positions of authority to do something. The demand for action is natural, but fraught with potential problems. …

Rights vs. Authority: The Ethical Application of Official Power

Rights vs. Authority: The Ethical Application of Official Power

Public sector leadership must create the proper perspective in their employees—that as public officials their authority is granted to serve the community, not manage it.…

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