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Presidential Power and the Law: What to do with Syria?

By David Schultz Law matters.  That is the theme of this column.  But the law is the not sum total of what matters when it comes to asking the question…

Building Social Bonds in Communities

By William Hatcher A community differs from a neighborhood. Neighborhoods are merely space; whereas, communities are comprised of people living and working together forming social bonds. Over the past few…

From Facilities to Homes: The Rise in Individualized Funding and Consumer-Controlled Budgets

From Facilities to Homes: The Rise in Individualized Funding and Consumer-Controlled Budgets

By Julie Ann Racino Principal & President Community & Policy Studies   Over the years, there has been a slow shift in how financing is appropriated for personal disability services.…

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL INNOVATION COUNTS

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL INNOVATION COUNTS

By Christine Gibbs Springer Nurturing continuous innovation and renewal in public agencies is not only important but critical in today’s environment of change.    Today, there is a growing recognition that…

Revenue Enhancements Anyone?

Revenue Enhancements Anyone?

By Dr. Sheila Seuss Kennedy Public finance these days reminds me of those fellows we used to encounter at the county fairs—the ones who twisted balloons into fantastic shapes, making…

Human Interaction: It Can Make Us; It Can Break Us

Human Interaction:  It Can Make Us; It Can Break Us

By Dr. Laree Keily For decades experts have studied the dynamics of humans coming together to accomplish things.  We have multiple fields:  sociology, social psych, group process, teams, org behavior,…

Implementing the Affordable Care Act: A Historic Opportunity for Public Administrators

Implementing the Affordable Care Act: A Historic Opportunity for Public Administrators

By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health care is one of the thorniest public policy issues of our day – and one that has…

The Role of Departmentalism in Aid-Dependent Rule of Law Public Administration

Understanding Departmentalism in Rule of Law Development Assistance Departmentalism is a significant characteristic of the Westminster-Whitehall heritage in Anglophone Caribbean public administration, which is intertwined with state-centrism. This characteristic shapes…

Government Reinvention or Volunteers Willing to Serve?

Government Reinvention or Volunteers Willing to Serve?

It seems everyone is trying to solve problems of government, including the politicians, but gridlock and partisanship appear to win out more and more, creating stalemate. The media and polls…

The Attractiveness of Being Part of the Massive Federal Workforce: Is It for Everyone?

The federal workforce continues to be very attractive as a place to seek employment despite the constant discussion and banter about cutbacks and less government. The experts are pointing to…