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United States Schools of Public Policy Should Operate as Professional Schools Rather than as Pseudo Think Tanks

United States Schools of Public Policy Should Operate as Professional Schools Rather than as Pseudo Think Tanks

This column advocates for moving to corporate governance of the curriculum in public policy higher education. The era of the pseudo think tank disguised as a professional school should end.…

Evolution: A New Paradigm for the Public Housing Authority “Permanent Waivers and Flexibilities”

Evolution: A New Paradigm for the Public Housing Authority “Permanent Waivers and Flexibilities”

Instead of seeking stability and status quo, public administrators of Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) should seek change and innovation.…

Non-Profits and Policy Change

Non-Profits and Policy Change

Without advocacy, policies would not be as robust and effective as they need to be. Advocacy is necessary to create a more equitable and democratic society, especially for Americans with…

How Kerala Used Education and Community Participation to Battle COVID-19

How Kerala Used Education and Community Participation to Battle COVID-19

Kerala, India, has created a healthcare model that prioritizes empathy and responsiveness. This strong social and administrative fabric had made Kerala, during the initial stages of the pandemic, a prime…

DSJ: Social Equity Across the Academy

DSJ: Social Equity Across the Academy

The interdisciplinary nature of public administration requires intentional engagement with actors and institutions. Cooperation across the disciplines is particularly needed in three major areas.…

Let’s Talk: Holding Difficult Conversations on Diversity

Let’s Talk: Holding Difficult Conversations on Diversity

Public agencies seek to provide services in a professional, unbiased and effective manner for the entire community. To do this, they must consider and attempt to address perceptions of inequity…

Legacy of Inconsistency: Assumptions Regarding the Solutions to Public Problems

Legacy of Inconsistency: Assumptions Regarding the Solutions to Public Problems

Recent protests suggest that struggles for justice for all require a new conception of power and authority. We are at a turning point and the aim here is to suggest…

Building Back Better: Making the Case for Performance Management in the Wake of a Pandemic

Building Back Better: Making the Case for Performance Management in the Wake of a Pandemic

The concepts and practices of state performance management systems are not new, but there is new impetus for implementing such a system in New York and other states. Using data…