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The American Dream Moves Downtown

The American Dream Moves Downtown

The challenge for communities is to make downtowns more attractive and more livable. Government planners at the state and local levels need to advocate for changes that will benefit downtown…

Public Participation and Public Interest

Public Participation and Public Interest

In the beginning of the republic, there was the United States Constitution which vested all legislative powers in the Congress. Government was small, its scope was limited, and the people’s…

SSVF Programs Reduce Veteran Homelessness

SSVF Programs Reduce Veteran Homelessness

Homelessness is a social problem which touches every community in this country. Veterans are one of the most vulnerable populations who are more likely to become homeless at least once…

Rebuilding Trust between Congress and Executive Branch: A Matter of Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Rebuilding Trust between Congress and Executive Branch: A Matter of Public Health Emergency Preparedness

When Zika first emerged as a prominent issue, federal officials were already calling upon Congress to take the threat seriously. Public statements stressed the situation was “urgent.” Members of Congress,…

We Are a Nation of Laws

We Are a Nation of Laws

Many commentators claim we are becoming a lawless nation. You can see that by doing a Google search of, “Is America becoming a lawless nation?” There are entries going back…

Changing Focus for Service Delivery

Changing Focus for Service Delivery

Public administration has seen several shifts in service delivery since the time of Max Weber’s traditional bureaucratic model. Max Weber’s description of bureaucracy is that of an organization that is…

Decision Traps and Ethical Thinking

Decision Traps and Ethical Thinking

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Terry Newell November 8, 2016 On May 6, 2004,…

Leading from Behind

Leading from Behind

I have been reviewing the literature on leadership as the presidential campaign rhetoric has heated up. Observing the contrast between theory and the presidential campaign language about leadership has made…

Where’s My State Energy Office?

In the United States, each state has its own unique economic, political and energy resources, and thus each state has its own unique state energy office. An analysis of administrative…

Steps Toward Creating an Inclusive Environment

Steps Toward Creating an Inclusive Environment

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Tia Sherèe Gaynor November 4, 2016 My last four columns…

Employee Engagement: It’s About Leadership

Employee Engagement: It’s About Leadership

Several weeks ago, I was listening to the NPR program “Marketplace.” On this segment, the host was interviewing Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastain. Bastain was asked for a five-word…