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The Echoes of Alexis de Tocqueville in America: Leveraging the Polarities of Democracy

The Echoes of Alexis de Tocqueville in America: Leveraging the Polarities of Democracy

It is more important now than ever that we learn to leverage the polarities that exist in our democracy…

Street-Level Bureaucracy in the COVID-19 Pandemic Era

Street-Level Bureaucracy in the COVID-19 Pandemic Era

Public administration has the ongoing challenge of trying to solve problems with innovation while attempting to balance the expectations of diverse stakeholders. Innovation can be characterized as the application of…

COVID-19: An Educational Paradigm Breaker

COVID-19: An Educational Paradigm Breaker

With new strains of COVID-19 being discovered around the world, it will be some time until the educational sector experiences pre-COVID-19 normalcy. …

Defund the Police or Invest in Human Capital? A New Framework for Community Safety

Defund the Police or Invest in Human Capital? A New Framework for Community Safety

To achieve the goals of the Defund the Police movement, cities may consider working across jurisdictions, and building police response with dedicated access to mental health and social services. The…

Coping With Fiscal Shocks: Are Small Municipal Governments Masters of Their Fates?

Coping With Fiscal Shocks: Are Small Municipal Governments Masters of Their Fates?

The options available to small governments to adjust to fiscal shocks are somewhat more limited than large governments. Small governments, to put it simply, are not masters of their own…

Supreme Court’s Bostock Decision Protects LGBTQ Employment

Supreme Court’s Bostock Decision Protects LGBTQ Employment

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled to safeguard most employees from sexual orientation and transgender status discrimination this past summer, five years after legalizing same-sex marriage. Elected officials and governmental managers…

Room for Improvement: The Government Employee Experience in 2021

Room for Improvement: The Government Employee Experience in 2021

Improving the government employee experience is the bold action needed to reinvigorate government service.…

School Security and Safety Are Changing Due to Enhanced Police Services in Cities Throughout America

School Security and Safety Are Changing Due to Enhanced Police Services in Cities Throughout America

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Roger L. KempJanuary 11, 2020  The public services police…

Local Government Consolidation and the COVID-19 Crisis: Prospects for Change

Local Government Consolidation and the COVID-19 Crisis: Prospects for Change

As we are a few weeks away from the end of 2020 and the start of a new (and hopefully, a far better) year in 2021, my article today will…

Effective Communication with Patients—More Important Than Pill Shoving

Effective Communication with Patients—More Important Than Pill Shoving

There needs to be a better sync between what is studied in medical schools in terms of effective communication, and what gets to be practiced on the ground. Even the…

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