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Facing up to the Fiscal Facts of Life

Facing up to the Fiscal Facts of Life

Continued bipartisan warnings about the sustainability of perpetual debt finance have been sounded by the Governmental Accountability Office, the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Committee for a Responsible Budget and…

In the Name of Meritocracy: The Dark Side

In the Name of Meritocracy: The Dark Side

Is merit something that should be championed or something that should be perceived as a noble ideal, like that of socialism? Though noble in design, the actual practice of such…

Student Loan Debt

Student Loan Debt

Student loans are the ubiquitous burden of younger generations. Their $1.6 trillion balance looms over the lives of millions of borrowers. The ever growing balance has been deemed a crisis…

Spirituality in Corrections

Spirituality in Corrections

When engaging with criminal-reform strategies, modern departments of corrections might improve prospects for the incarcerated by pursuing policies that combine concern for the overall well-being of the community with concern…

Test Your Fiscal Literacy With This Quiz

Test Your Fiscal Literacy With This Quiz

Most Americans have limited knowledge of federal government finances. This quiz with relevant facts from Girard Miller’s new book, Enlightened Public Finance, will help you assess your fiscal-literacy level ahead…

Local Government in Afghanistan: Creating a Legacy of Public Service

Local Government in Afghanistan: Creating a Legacy of Public Service

Local government represents the quickest way to test the efficiency of delivering public goods. This virtue is never tested more than in conflict zones where there seems to be no…

Highlighting Minority Voices in Economic and Community Impact Studies

Highlighting Minority Voices in Economic and Community Impact Studies

With the assistance of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA), located within the Center for Public Policy at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs,…

Evidence-Based Management? A Great Idea, But Proceed with Caution

Evidence-Based Management? A Great Idea, But Proceed with Caution

There is an important evidence base out there for many (though certainly not all) topics. How can you responsibly use it?…

Why Put Meaning First?

Why Put Meaning First?

By putting meaning first, government service will be able to regain its proper standing as a noble calling. In this way it will be able to recruit and retain individuals…

Keeping Away From Criminalization

Keeping Away From Criminalization

To get ahead of the drug addiction trend in any of our communities, we must focus on prevention. Prioritizing funding for early childhood education and job training opportunities, as well…

Striving For Authentic Leadership

Striving For Authentic Leadership

Authentic leadership—a reciprocal process between leaders and followers—is desirable in the public sector. However, it is not always easy. …