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The Great Disconnect

By: Sheila Suess Kennedy As another election season comes to a (merciful) close, one lesson is abundantly clear: there is a huge disconnect between the skill sets public offices require…

The Importance of Public Administration in Community Development Scholarship and Practice

By William Hatcher This is the first installment of a monthly column dedicated to exploring the connections between public administration and community development. Through this column, I hope to highlight…

Strategic Management in a Changing Health Services World

Strategic Management in a Changing Health Services World

By Christine Gibbs Springer The ultimate paradox for public managers today is the inability to forecast the future, yet the necessity to make sense of it in order to survive…

Emergency Management Calls All to Serve

By: Thomas E. Poulin There has been an on-going debate about public administration over the years, discussing the value of public service, as well as how to recruit and retain…

Digital Government – The Big Deal About Big Bird

Digital Government – The Big Deal About Big Bird

Welcome to “New Media & Practice,” a new monthly column exploring  digital government and the use of  digital technology in civic engagement.  This column will discuss emerging research and practice in…

The Transition Period – No Honeymoon, Not to Be Taken Lightly

By: Don D. Berglund   The winner of a local or state election has the best chance of later being re-elected if he/she performs well during one particularly critical period…

Project Orchestration – Project Management for the Internet Age, Part 1

By: Shami Dugal What is Orchestration? Leonard Bernstein said that “The right music played by the right instruments at the right time in the right combination: that’s good Orchestration.” Orchestration is…

The Public Manager – Ridicule or Respect

By: Don Busi Most citizens assume there are certain inherent characteristics imbedded within the public service sector work environment that foster the notion that most public career managers are less…

Emerging Issues: Mr. Murray and the Decay of American Virtue: Inequality III

Emerging Issues: Mr. Murray and the Decay of American Virtue: Inequality III


Bill Barnes

Charles Murray’s new book, Coming Apart, is a lament—wrapped around some data and analysis—for an American community and individual qualities that never existed but…

Emerging Issues: Jeremiads on Class and the Nation’s Future: Inequality II

Emerging Issues: Jeremiads on Class and the Nation’s Future: Inequality II


Bill Barnes

There’s not much that’s cheerful in Charles Murray’s Coming Apart or Thomas Edsall’s Age of Austerity: no Fred and Ginger, no Ozzie…