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Candor, Constructive Conflict Keys To Good Social Policy

Candor, Constructive Conflict Keys To Good Social Policy

Social policy comes from decisions made within a governmental or political setting regarding guidelines, principles, legislation and activities that affect human welfare. Good social policy requires good decision making by…

The Emergency Management Hub

The Emergency Management Hub

A USB hub is a wonderful little piece of hardware when you have too many pieces of equipment and not enough ports in your PC. The hub allows you to…

Whistleblowing: Time To Walk the Talk

Whistleblowing: Time To Walk the Talk

The ASPA Code of Ethics requires public administrators to develop ethical public service organizations. For some, doing so might not seem very demanding. But take the case of a public…

Rookie Review: All About Growth

Rookie Review: All About Growth

Professional development is all about growth. Even experts in a given field can benefit from seeking opportunities to grow. In order to be the best stewards of our work, we…

The Key to Government Employee Engagement

The Key to Government Employee Engagement

According to the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, employee morale is at its lowest point since the survey was initiated in 2003. In every measure of workplace satisfaction, federal employees…

Eminent Domain and Economic Development

Eminent Domain and Economic Development

The law and the court system can have a major impact on the public administration of local and state economic development programs. Eminent domain is used for a wide variety…

Disdain for Politics

Disdain for Politics

In Lawrence M. Mead’s classic summary of the politician’s calling, he argued the study of policy should be combined with the study of politics. Many question the value of huge…

Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice

Environmental justice is one of those terms that have five or six definitions. The leading writer on the topic, Robert Bullard, considers the chief problem to be racism and maintains…

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Government Regulation of the Nonprofit Sector

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Government Regulation of the Nonprofit Sector

There are nearly 2 million nonprofit organizations registered with the Internal Revenue Service. Media coverage, along with investigations about wrongdoing and indiscretion in the nonprofit sector, has led to questions…

Power Dynamics Between Central and Local Governments

Power Dynamics Between Central and Local Governments

Decentralization is just a new administrative approach in the old bureaucratic system. Although decentralization can reform administrative structures, such as creating new laws and local governments, those reforms cannot work…

Facility Design Often a Neglected Topic in Public Administration

Facility Design Often a Neglected Topic in Public Administration

Sometimes, public administration needs to be about the everyday things at work. The places where we spend so many hours help shape our activities and attitudes. It is sometimes surprising…