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Media Independence as a Prerequisite for Good Governance: Is it an Illusion?

Media Independence as a Prerequisite for Good Governance: Is it an Illusion?

Discussions of good and responsive governance always point to media independence as the main prerequisite. However, the question remains whether media organizations are ever truly independent and objective—whose interests do…

Thankless Jobs Exist in All Sectors. But the MPA Need Not be a Thankless Degree.

Thankless Jobs Exist in All Sectors. But the MPA Need Not be a Thankless Degree.

While MPA programs and their delivery formats have expanded over the years, the time may also be ripe to examine what curricular and formatting innovations can be experimented with and…

Public Administration Education

Public Administration Education

Public administration education seeks to reduce the problematic issues that resonate within many government agencies. Education informs individuals and seeks to create a system that works for all. …

Policymaking in the Public Right of Way: Preemption and Push-back

Policymaking in the Public Right of Way: Preemption and Push-back

Telecommunications policy is an area where local authority and federal priority have now come into conflict. While there are only a few tools local governments can use to assert…

Welfare to Public Choice to Corporate Responsibility: Valuing the Care Economy

Welfare to Public Choice to Corporate Responsibility: Valuing the Care Economy

Traditional markets usually fail to capture the care economy or the household labor associated with familial duties. Though long acknowledging some concepts of a care economy, American public policy has…

Striking the Right Note: Radio and Democracy in Nepal

Striking the Right Note: Radio and Democracy in Nepal

In a country of 123 languages, 125 castes or ethnic groups and 10 religions, news dissemination in Nepal seems nearly impossible. Radio, more specifically local radio, is an effective method…

Exploring the Appropriate Relationship Between Government and Business

Exploring the Appropriate Relationship Between Government and Business

There are clearly areas where business influences government and government influences business. Thus it is vitally important that business leaders understand how to ethically interact with policymakers.…

Why the Office of Technology Assessment Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Why the Office of Technology Assessment Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Before its defunding in 1995, the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) provided Congress with nonpartisan science and technology analysis. If the OTA was still in existence, Congress could be doing…

Employee Engagement—Cutting Through the Babble

Employee Engagement—Cutting Through the Babble

Measuring and improving engagement doesn't have to be rocket science or brain surgery. The Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement exists to help public-sector organizations measure and improve engagement, and…

Frankenrecord – The Monsters We Create

Frankenrecord – The Monsters We Create

Electronic health records have become a pool of plenty for anyone wanting easily accessible information. For instance, clinical information on large patient populations can be used for research. But there…

The Team Concept in Public Administration

The Team Concept in Public Administration

Teams are an excellent concept to embrace given the enormity of their success in the public sector. Teamwork takes on various forms and functions in making success more attainable. …