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Averting a Crisis: Making Government Service Attractive Again

Averting a Crisis: Making Government Service Attractive Again

The interest in public service careers appears to have faded. In a recent survey by Route Fifty, human capital and workforce issues were the number one problem. Annual surveys by…

Building Public Spaces for Women in Pakistan

Building Public Spaces for Women in Pakistan

Pakistani women’s participation in the workforce has increased by over 50 percent in the last 15 years. However, despite these gains, women’s access to public spaces and their participation in…

What the 2016 Political “Earthquake” Portends for the Future Role of the Federal Government

What the 2016 Political “Earthquake” Portends for the Future Role of the Federal Government

One of my teachers, Walter Dean Burnham, is an advocate of using geological metaphors to understand longer term political patterns. I am going to use his approach to write now…

Update on Water for Toledo

Update on Water for Toledo

Toledo last made national news for its water plant four years ago when routine monitoring detected microcystin – a toxin produced by the harmful blue-green algae. The Water Department immediately…

My Vision of Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

My Vision of Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

Women are still stymied in their quests for higher education because of their family situations. Many women would love to pursue traditional degree programs. They understand the benefits of having…

Performance-Informed Pay in Government: Lessons of Experience

Performance-Informed Pay in Government: Lessons of Experience

Any performance-related incentive scheme has essentially two parts. One part measures the performance of the entity (organization, team, or individual), and the second part links its performance to financial incentives.…

Prioritizing Your Preparedness Priorities

Prioritizing Your Preparedness Priorities

This is what more than 1700 days on disaster and 13 years as a federal emergency manager have taught me about where you, as a public administrator, might gain…

Partisan Opposition and Ethical Leadership

Partisan Opposition and Ethical Leadership

Public administrators who neglect the dynamic interaction between partisans and authorities—especially city managers who serve at the pleasure of politically divided city councils—do so at their peril. Just ask René…

Calling a Spade A Spade in China

Calling a Spade A Spade in China

The international community is moving more and more towards solidifying and improving its relations with China. China is a rising economic power and a massive market with unlimited opportunities. Over…

The Complications of Competition: Reflections on School Choice

The Complications of Competition: Reflections on School Choice

School choice has been a flashpoint of education policy debate for decades. Supporters contend that choice lets parents find a school that meets their child’s needs, while pushing schools to…

The Value Research of Research in Practitioner-Focused MPA Programs

The Value Research of Research in Practitioner-Focused MPA Programs

Every spring semester, I pass out a sample of peer-reviewed public administration journals to my analytic methods students. My goal is to familiarize them with the format of published academic…

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