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A Roof Over Our Heads: Housing in Camaroon

Having a roof over our heads in Africa generally and in Cameroon in particular, remains the tip of an ice burg. Most houses, even in the nation’s capital, are fast…

Boomerang Homeless Families

For the past eight years, the Bloomberg Administration has struggled in vain to control the number of homeless families in New York City. It has launched one policy initiative after…

Housing Needs for the Next Decade

For local policy makers anticipating the economic landscape in the post-recession and post-foreclosure period–roughly predicted to be the end of 2011 through until 2015–there are three factors that will influence…

The Reinvention of Affordable Housing Policy During Constrained Economic Times

State Housing Finance Agencies (HFA), a primary administrator of federal and state affordable housing funding, are at a defining moment in the development of innovative state-led housing policy. Across the…

Beyond The Market: Homeownership and Public Values

For nearly a century, homeownership has been upheld as a cornerstone of housing policy in the United States. However, the continuing housing crisis challenges the strength of this cornerstone.

Protecting the Control Tower: FAA ATO Pandemic Influenza Preparations

What can agencies do to protect their mission, operations and stakeholders against pandemic influenza? One answer can be found in the preparations of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic…

Public Agency Preparedness

There are numerous disasters, both manmade and natural, that have resulted in public agencies having to use alternative resources, different forms of communication, and training exercises in order to prepare…

Federal Career Service Leadership: Can We Do Better?


Reconsidering Institutional Memory

A former colleague of mine is retiring after 44 years of Federal service. Immediately after I wondered “why did she wait so long?” I was reminded of the nearly overwhelming…

Comparative Administration: Making PA Theory Useful and Understandable, Part 2

As explained in my 2003 PAR article, the justification for PE theory is simply that it is more enlightening than other theories in regard to the most interesting questions in…

Comparative Administration: Making PA Theory Useful and Understandable, Part 1

I have struggled over many years to link public administration to political science, economic development, and comparative politics so that PA literature could be more useful and understandable to practitioners…