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Hiram Bingham: Courageous Dissent in Public Service

Hiram Bingham: Courageous Dissent in Public Service

In 1937, Harry Bingham IV, a career Foreign Service Officer, was sent to France in 1937. As Vice Consul in Marseilles, his job was to issue visas for those seeking…

The Need for More Research in Judicial Politics

The Need for More Research in Judicial Politics

The American legal system continues to be an area of significant interest to public administration scholars. Unfortunately, the administrative face of the judicial system still generates less scholarship. As a…

Adaptive Strategies for Administrators—Part 3

Adaptive Strategies for Administrators—Part 3

The rapid changes taking place in the public sector make the understanding of problems a more complex task. There is often a gap between the principles of public administration and…

Managing Risks With Highway Public-Private Partnerships

Managing Risks With Highway Public-Private Partnerships

Public-private partnership allow for the sharing of risk in exchange for provision of services and investment in assets. Globally, governments and policy makers have adopted public-private partnerships as an innovative…

Legal Landmines and Demographic Diversity

Legal Landmines and Demographic Diversity

As the workplace evolves to meet global needs of private and public organizations, human resource policies should adapt to ensure effective management of our workforce. Changing demographics, ethnicity and expanding…

Where You Work

Where You Work

The workplace is different from what it was 10 years ago. There are at least three ways that the workplace has changed or is changing: architecture, technology and community. As…

Texas Local Governments May Be Flooded With Obstacles

Texas Local Governments May Be Flooded With Obstacles

May was a shocking weather month, as tornadoes left debris-scattered paths across the Midwest and record rainfall brought astonishing floods to Texas and Oklahoma. Local governments are facing hard times…

Is Civics Dead?

Is Civics Dead?

There is overwhelming evidence of decreased social capital. Voter turnout is low. Civics education testing is required in only nine states. But do these examples define the condition of our…

Community Development in MPA Classrooms

Community development, an important part of public administration, should be taught in classrooms by balancing theory and practice. I’ve argued that instruction should be rooted in the assets model of…

A Dream Deferred? Part II

A Dream Deferred? Part II

In last month’s column, I discussed the parallel experiences of Black people in the 1960s and 2015 noting the eerily similar aesthetic makeup of communities: blight, disinvestment, crime, police brutality…

Public Bureaucracies on TV: “The Americans”

Public Bureaucracies on TV: “The Americans”

“The Americans,” a critically-acclaimed show, exposes viewers to the competing bureaucracies of the Cold War during the 1980s in and around Washington, D.C. through the lives of front line agents.…