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Improving Employee Engagement: It Takes Leaders With Courage

Improving Employee Engagement: It Takes Leaders With Courage

Why should leaders take the risk to measure engagement, and then take action on the results? Because engagement drives performance, especially in government, where our main resource is talent.…

Advice for Ph.D. Students

Advice for Ph.D. Students

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) at Penn State Harrisburg celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Ph.D. in Public Administration program during fall semester 2019. This piece offers insights and…

The Government Attorney as Public Administrator

The Government Attorney as Public Administrator

The fact that many law schools routinely offer joint JD/MPA programs is telling indeed.Today’s aspiring public sector attorney is well-advised to take as many courses in public administration, management and…

Managerial Humility

Managerial Humility

Humility probably isn't the first word you think to associate with effective leadership. Yet a certain type of humility can be a great leadership asset.…

Raise The Minimum Wage? Public Opinion in Virginia And Beyond

Raise The Minimum Wage? Public Opinion in Virginia And Beyond

Across the country, a vast number of employees are demanding that employers raise their minimum wages to $15/hour. State and federal governments, however, have not been as quick to respond.…

State Financial Condition in The United States The Last Ten Years

State Financial Condition in The United States The Last Ten Years

It is not new information that states and local governments have struggled with paying their pension obligations. This analysis shows that between 2006 and 2017, this was a significant predictor…

A Plan to Fix The Social Security Deficit Problem?

A Plan to Fix The Social Security Deficit Problem?

One of the sleeper issues in next year’s election may very well be the future financial viability of the Federal Social Security Program. Concern is founded on a belief that…

Building a Revolution

Building a Revolution

As public administrators, it is vital that we push for what is right and equitable, especially in today’s political climate. It must be within our duty and scope to write,…

Self- Reporting on Sustainable Development Goal 16 by Governments: A Big Farce

Self- Reporting on Sustainable Development Goal 16 by Governments: A Big Farce

A quick look at Voluntary National Reports (VNRs) prepared by a number of developing countries in 2018 and 2019 revealed inconsistency in reporting on Sustainable Development Goal 16. The United…

Lessons of Collaborative Project Leadership: Potholes and Wrong Turns in Public Services For At-Risk Communities- Part Two

Lessons of Collaborative Project Leadership: Potholes and Wrong Turns in Public Services For At-Risk Communities- Part Two

Identifying problems and barriers that collaborative leaders encounter provides much needed perspective—here we will continue to bring awareness to these barriers.…

Cross-Sectoral and Inter-Sectional Collaboration at #ASPA2018, #ASPA2019 And Beyond

Cross-Sectoral and Inter-Sectional Collaboration at #ASPA2018, #ASPA2019 And Beyond

The ASPA Section on Effective and Sound Administration in the Middle East (SESAME) has hosted panels at ASPA’s Annual Conference with an important theme; elevating women’s empowerment and leadership in…