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The Challenge of the City Manager: Being a Rational Actor in an Irrational Time

The Challenge of the City Manager: Being a Rational Actor in an Irrational Time

Over the past few weeks I have interviewed city managers across Wisconsin about their experiences governing during COVID-19. Not surprisingly, all say the past 18 months have been challenging.…

Study War No More

Study War No More

As public administrators, we must understand that only talking about democracy is a cruel deception of stability if real democracy had never been implemented or practiced.…

Water, A User’s Guide. Part Three: Infrastructure

Water, A User’s Guide. Part Three: Infrastructure

The quantity and quality of water are essential to the economic and political health and safety of a country and its citizens.…

The “Whole Community”—Those Unruly Teenagers

The “Whole Community”—Those Unruly Teenagers

Here I suggest that in the never-ending effort to engage the community, we cannot neglect our executives. I will share three broad lessons about executive engagement that I’ve seen repeated…

Local Government Manager Education Needs to Provide a Broad Range of Skills and Abilities

Local Government Manager Education Needs to Provide a Broad Range of Skills and Abilities

Whether advising the council on technical matters or establishing effective interpersonal relationships, the more managers can be prepared for their roles, the more effectively they will perform.…

COVID-19’s Impact and Public Administration

COVID-19’s Impact and Public Administration

What are the long-term national and international impacts of COVID-19 on our society? Will the pandemic lead to sweeping cultural and political change both in the United States and the…

Defunding School Police Officers: A Back-to-School Experiment

Defunding School Police Officers: A Back-to-School Experiment

School Resource Officers (SROs) have been a mainstay in public schools for decades, but that is quickly changing. Will the movement to eliminate school police create safer schools, or will…

A Carbon Tax for Reducing Emissions in the Electricity Sector

A Carbon Tax for Reducing Emissions in the Electricity Sector

This article evaluates the short-term impact of instituting a carbon tax in the electricity sector, an approach that can help the current administration achieve competing goals. …

What About Fixing Government’s Infrastructure? Positive Public Administration Scholarship

What About Fixing Government’s Infrastructure? Positive Public Administration Scholarship

We have much research on what doesn’t work in government. Now, let’s see what works in better managing government organizations and delivering government services.…

Preparing for the Next Round of Unexpected Disruption

Preparing for the Next Round of Unexpected Disruption

Public administrators no longer have the luxury of being passive and reactionary actors in response to the innovative transformation now driving economic change.…

Public Sector Continuous Improvement…Now or Later?

Public Sector Continuous Improvement…Now or Later?

Adopting a culture of public sector continuous improvement is a logical action. Continuous improvement needs to be employed at all levels of public administration to be comprehensively effective.…