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What is a Specialist?

What is a Specialist?

I have written before about how I think public administration generally and ASPA specifically is trying to find its identity in these political times. It is in moments like these…

What Are Your Cyber Risks? A Systematic Way to Assess Cybersecurity

What Are Your Cyber Risks? A Systematic Way to Assess Cybersecurity

Imagine a scenario where you can’t log into computers or use the telephone, paychecks cannot be electronically processed, emergency services can’t access data or coordinate, front-line staff can’t conduct electronic…

Why I Left Illinois… and Higher Education

Why I Left Illinois… and Higher Education

After almost three years without a budget, Illinois state legislators passed a state budget. It was overwritten by Governor Bruce Rauner (R) but the bills were overridden by the state…

Boosting Employee Engagement to Boost Trust in Government

Boosting Employee Engagement to Boost Trust in Government

When I speak to groups about why government agencies and jurisdictions should measure and improve employee engagement, I always hit at the “why it matters” question very hard. That is,…

Motivation: A Requirement for Success

Motivation: A Requirement for Success

Motivation is a requirement for success. Motivation is hard to assess and harder to influence. I’ll write more about that, but first, let me remind you of the formula: Success…

Two Perspectives on Social Justice

Two Perspectives on Social Justice

Social justice, this familiar, but arduous to define topic, impacts many aspects of our lives. The difficulty in describing social justice is because of our personal perspectives on justice, equality…

A Post-Trump World

A Post-Trump World

Public Administration educators and other academics in higher education must be active participants in the policy dialogue and debate what is needed to shape the future of our nation. There are…

How Local Governments Can Address the Challenges of a Demographic Shift

How Local Governments Can Address the Challenges of a Demographic Shift

The demographic shift is looming for the next 150 years. In roughly a decade, the older population is projected to begin outgrowing the younger population due to low fertility rates…

A New Public Administration Paradigm Is Emerging

A New Public Administration Paradigm Is Emerging

The field of public administration is progressively—and I believe unwittingly—shifting into a new philosophical paradigm. This paradigm is the antithesis of the historical philosophical foundations established by George Frederickson in…

Finding Life Itself

Finding Life Itself

In the immediate aftermath of World War II, American soldiers were returning home. General MacArthur remained in Japan to oversee its reconstruction. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson was one…

Keeping Our Doors Open? An Overview of Refugee Resettlement Policy in The United States

Keeping Our Doors Open? An Overview of Refugee Resettlement Policy in The United States

Refugee resettlement in the United States is a contentious issue, and debates over resettlement policies seem likely to continue for the foreseeable future. In this article, I discuss how refugee…