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The Redistricting Controversy in Pennsylvania and the Importance of the Public Voice: Part I

The Redistricting Controversy in Pennsylvania and the Importance of the Public Voice: Part I

The topic of redistricting is still being debated across the country—whether legislatively or within state courtrooms. Individual states now have a greater onus placed upon them in deciding increasingly complex…

Public? Private? All Hail the Power of Collaboration!

Public? Private? All Hail the Power of Collaboration!

Today’s rapidly evolving American society will require a great deal of collaboration between public and private organizations. Where there are common top-level goals, there is opportunity to reach out for…

Citizen Behavior Change: The Social Marketing Approach

Citizen Behavior Change: The Social Marketing Approach

Social marketing is often the most efficient and effective strategy for achieving higher rates of behavior change, as well as producing greater returns on investment of resources. This column, and…

Not “Or,” But “And”: The Intricate Link Between Leveraging Polarities and Representative Democracy

Not “Or,” But “And”: The Intricate Link Between Leveraging Polarities and Representative Democracy

The greatest threat to democracy currently is underdevelopment of socioeconomic infrastructure, which can be achieved through leveraging polarities. …

The Virtue of Trust…Earned Then Confirmed

The Virtue of Trust…Earned Then Confirmed

As public administrators confront ethical dilemmas, they undoubtedly will make some tough decisions. From an ethical perspective, success will depend ultimately upon public administrators exhibiting the motives, means and impact…

Panelists Take Heed

Panelists Take Heed

Leadership panels can open an opportunity for vigorous discussion of major issues. But often these panels yield far less. Make these discussions work for all by paving a foundation of…

Creating a Fiscal Umbrella

Creating a Fiscal Umbrella

The recession-prediction industry has been booming. One thing is clear, based on the history of America’s post World War II economy: When it comes to the next recession, it’s not…

The Age of Reform and eLearning

The Age of Reform and eLearning

The focus on skills-development by the departments of corrections arguably gives inordinate attention to criminal offenders’ at-risk factors. This focus does not adequately consider the social factors affecting working prisoners…

Promoting Collaboration and Inclusion in Land Use Planning

Promoting Collaboration and Inclusion in Land Use Planning

Through our Land Use Education Program, the Center for Public Policy at VCU’s Wilder School provides training and educational programs that help planners make decisions that are legal, fact-based, community-oriented…