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Redefining Farming in India: New Agricultural Policy

Redefining Farming in India: New Agricultural Policy

In September 2020, three Agri reform bills—The Farmers 'Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation), the Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Price Assurance and Farm Services Agreement and the Essential Commodities…

A Pragmatic Approach to Climate Change: Part 1—Choose a Fact-Based Strategy

A Pragmatic Approach to Climate Change: Part 1—Choose a Fact-Based Strategy

This is the first in a series of columns I will write about the role of government in managing climate change. We must develop promising tactics to act now. …

Why School Board Elections Should Stay Non-Partisan

Why School Board Elections Should Stay Non-Partisan

Now more than ever it is up to local government boards, like school boards, to show that governing is still possible despite societal divisions. We can disagree about specific issues…

Public Policy: Pay Student Athletes?

Public Policy: Pay Student Athletes?

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Martin SellersAugust 24, 2021 The concept of paying student…

Public Administration Ethical Challenges

Public Administration Ethical Challenges

The ASPA code of ethics guides public administrators as they work towards providing government services free from corruption. Unfortunately, several of these tenets are currently experiencing challenges. …

Disaster Donations: Frozen Lasagnas and Fur Coats

Disaster Donations: Frozen Lasagnas and Fur Coats

I worked the 2010 Haiti Earthquake and tried to stem the tide of worthless stuff from the United States. The following lessons from then are just as relevant today. …

All Hands on Deck: A Clarion Call for Civic Service

All Hands on Deck: A Clarion Call for Civic Service

Widespread civic service is a crucial policy proposal for the nation’s future. …

Water, A User’s Guide. Part Two: Quality

Water, A User’s Guide. Part Two: Quality

Water quality is just as important as its quantity. Access to safe water is not just a third-world problem. It also is a concern in the United States. …

Land Use Development Must Address Global Warming and Public Infrastructure Costs

Land Use Development Must Address Global Warming and Public Infrastructure Costs

While the expertise of land use planning professionals needs to be recognized and respected, city and county managers must actively engage in the development of our urban areas.…

Holding Out for A Hero? The Importance of Time in Achieving Social Equity in Public Administration: Lessons from Texas

Holding Out for A Hero? The Importance of Time in Achieving Social Equity in Public Administration: Lessons from Texas

Stalling and swift policy changes are important keys to ensure socially equitable governance. But policy terminations, processing times and ineffective deadlines threaten those protections.…