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I Trust You…Sort Of

I Trust You…Sort Of

By Scott Lazenby In previous columns, we considered ways to adapt governmental budget systems to modern management principles of delegation, empowerment and alignment of organizational goals. Following Douglas McGregor’s work,…

Broadband, E-Government and Development

Broadband, E-Government and Development

By William Hatcher To succeed in the nation’s new economic realities, where creative class jobs are being pulled to localities with technology and talent, communities need to improve their broadband…

How Will We Do Right By Our Veterans?

How Will We Do Right By Our Veterans?

By Horace Blake American veterans are unique in that they are an honored demographic in the United States. These men and women have given their time and in some case…

The Problem With The Affordable Care Act: Why Badly Designed Laws Produce Bad Implementation

The Problem With The Affordable Care Act: Why Badly Designed Laws Produce Bad Implementation

By David Schultz Successful implementation of a law is significantly dependent upon its original design. Public policy scholars often point out that the politics/administration is less real than imagined and…

Ageism and the Public Workplace: Challenges for Today’s Public HR Professional

Ageism and the Public Workplace: Challenges for Today’s Public HR Professional

By Joseph G. Jarret and Autriel E. Galloway The age of the Baby Boomer (most commonly defined by the Census Bureau as those born during the demographic Post–World War II…

Social Marketing: Influencing Behaviors for Good

Social Marketing: Influencing Behaviors for Good

What are the ten steps to developing a strategic social marketing plan? By Nancy R. Lee In the August issue of PA Times online, I introduced the definition of social…

Professionalism, Public Service and Anti-intellectualism

Professionalism, Public Service and Anti-intellectualism

By Sheila Suess Kennedy I listened–very briefly–to the Congressional hearings on the unfortunate, embarrassing rollout of the federal Affordable Care website. The problems with the site are amply documented and I…

Questions Are The Answer: Building A Culture of Inquiry

Questions Are The Answer: Building A Culture of Inquiry

By Laree Kiely Linda Elder and Richard Paul, in their book The Thinker’s Guide to the Art of Asking Essential Questions, pose this very powerful concept: “All thought is responsive…

Improving the Nexus Between U.S.-based Foreign Aid and Public Administration in the Caribbean

Improving the Nexus Between U.S.-based Foreign Aid and Public Administration in the Caribbean

By Vaughn Graham What Constitutes the Nexus? Development challenges have traditionally constituted the core link between public administration in the Caribbean, and its dependence on U.S.-based foreign aid. The last…

Turning Point: Are All Human Resource Theories Capable of Having a Practical Application?

Turning Point: Are All Human Resource Theories Capable of Having a Practical Application?

By Horace Blake Theories are numerous in the field of human resources management. However, one of the most pressing theories to put into practice is how to manage the theory…

Reinventing Phoenix’s Departments: Starting From Square One

Reinventing Phoenix’s Departments: Starting From Square One

By Ed Zuercher  It has been 132 years since Phoenix, Arizona was incorporated as a city. Since then, the city has grown in so many ways. Population has increased from…