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Public Administration and the New Normal: One More Guess

Public Administration and the New Normal: One More Guess

What are the speculations worldwide about the New Normal in government? The picture is not yet clear. Scholars and practitioners alike are making assumptions about what we need to do…

It’s Part of the Job: Part II

It’s Part of the Job: Part II

If transforming the status quo of inequity in government is the aim, then the most promising tool that public servants have are their personal ethics codes. That is, if they…

Cultivating Fine Whines: Listening to the Team

Cultivating Fine Whines: Listening to the Team

Instead of shutting employees down, we should enable critical thought and creativity.…

A Pragmatic Approach to Climate Change: Part 4—Invest in Rebuilding the Electricity Infrastructure

A Pragmatic Approach to Climate Change: Part 4—Invest in Rebuilding the Electricity Infrastructure

Public administrators at all levels of government need to do everything possible to rebuild electricity infrastructure and shift Americans toward using electricity as the sole source of energy. This strategy…

Social Equity Drivers for Emergency Management

Social Equity Drivers for Emergency Management

This column will kick off a series exploring the drivers of social equity in emergency management.…

School Boards Matter

School Boards Matter

Our field often views public education as outside the scope of traditional public administration. There is no time like the present for the public administration community to better understand school…

A Water User’s Guide, Part 6: Water and Climate Change

A Water User’s Guide, Part 6: Water and Climate Change

Over the past six months we’ve considered water quantity, quality and infrastructure, and the roles of administrators and policymakers. All of this exists in the fluid environment of climate change,…

Federalism, Policymaking and the United States-Mexican Border

Federalism, Policymaking and the United States-Mexican Border

Addressing the problems that affect both Mexico and the United States, who share a geographical border over 3000 km long, requires comprehensive and coordinated policies at the national and binational…

Whither Strategic Planning in Public Administration? Part 2—Pathways Forward

Whither Strategic Planning in Public Administration? Part 2—Pathways Forward

Strategic planning is widely used in governments in the United States and throughout the world. Nevertheless, strategic planning—in both government and business— has received criticism from many entities.…

Emergency Management and the Role of Nonprofit Organizations in the Time of Natural Disasters

Emergency Management and the Role of Nonprofit Organizations in the Time of Natural Disasters

It is crucial to constantly stress that relief efforts in times of severe natural disasters are priceless since every little attempt may save lives. Thus, nonprofit leaders must give great…

Preventing Shoplifting Without Police: Lessons Learned from Drug Dealers

Preventing Shoplifting Without Police: Lessons Learned from Drug Dealers

Before we get too far down the road of anarchy, where individuals and businesses take safety into their how hands, communities need to re-evaluate the balance of safety, security, fairness…