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Update on Water for Toledo

Update on Water for Toledo

Toledo last made national news for its water plant four years ago when routine monitoring detected microcystin – a toxin produced by the harmful blue-green algae. The Water Department immediately…

Performance-Informed Pay in Government: Lessons of Experience

Performance-Informed Pay in Government: Lessons of Experience

Any performance-related incentive scheme has essentially two parts. One part measures the performance of the entity (organization, team, or individual), and the second part links its performance to financial incentives.…

Partisan Opposition and Ethical Leadership

Partisan Opposition and Ethical Leadership

Public administrators who neglect the dynamic interaction between partisans and authorities—especially city managers who serve at the pleasure of politically divided city councils—do so at their peril. Just ask René…

Calling a Spade A Spade in China

Calling a Spade A Spade in China

The international community is moving more and more towards solidifying and improving its relations with China. China is a rising economic power and a massive market with unlimited opportunities. Over…

The Complications of Competition: Reflections on School Choice

The Complications of Competition: Reflections on School Choice

School choice has been a flashpoint of education policy debate for decades. Supporters contend that choice lets parents find a school that meets their child’s needs, while pushing schools to…

Protecting and Promoting JPAE’s Legacy

Protecting and Promoting JPAE’s Legacy

The Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE) is amid two important changes that will produce, we argue, positive outcomes for our field. First, Taylor and Francis is now the publisher…

Assumed Positive Intent: How NASA Remains the “Best Place to Work in the Federal Government”

Assumed Positive Intent: How NASA Remains the “Best Place to Work in the Federal Government”

The Best Places to Work rankings provide a comprehensive assessment of how federal public servants view their jobs and workplaces. According to the Partnership, it includes employee perspectives on leadership,…

A Worker’s Worth

A Worker’s Worth

People are filled with surprises; we don’t always know what someone else can do. We may not even know what ourselves can do unless presented with specific opportunities. To pursue…

It Should Not Be This Hard to Serve Your Country

It Should Not Be This Hard to Serve Your Country

Federal, state and local law enforcement officers may also be thinking that it should not be this hard to serve their country (or state, or county, etc.). The current national…

Self-Sufficiency and Community-Building Among Refugee Populations

Self-Sufficiency and Community-Building Among Refugee Populations

According to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), there are about 22.5 million refugees in the world today. As world conflicts continue, this number is steadily increasing. In order to…

Managerial Competencies – A Key to Employee Engagement

Managerial Competencies – A Key to Employee Engagement

Research by my organization and others has shown that leadership and supervision are key influences on (drivers of) the level of employee engagement in public-sector organizations. In government, we depend…

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