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Touch-a-Truck: A Tactile Introduction to the Public Service

Touch-a-Truck: A Tactile Introduction to the Public Service

Touch-a-truck activities also offer a model of how government can and does serve the citizenry. Popular culture presents to children an idealized version of the work of police officers, firefighters…

Suggestions of Bias in Rhode Island

Suggestions of Bias in Rhode Island

Psychologists suggest that our childhoods help shape the people we become as adults. I grew up in an overwhelmingly rural, white town. The school district was highly rated. My educational…

Teaching through Multimedia to Bring Humor and Laughter into Public Administration Classrooms

Teaching through Multimedia to Bring Humor and Laughter into Public Administration Classrooms

Incorporating multiple media in Public Administration (PA) instructional design facilitates simultaneous access to the educational benefits that each can offer individually. Building on this convenience, instructors can focus attention on…

Best Places to Work: More than Just a List

Best Places to Work: More than Just a List

As the financial crisis unfolded during the early years of the Obama administration, employees at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) were under tremendous stress.…

The Paradox of [Hysterical] Accountability

The Paradox of [Hysterical] Accountability

Accountability is something rarely discussed outside of a sound bite on the twenty-four-seven news cycle. A simple Google search about accountability in government spans the gamut from Opioid Commission to…

Ending Mystery Health Care Pricing

Ending Mystery Health Care Pricing

No one would go to a hair salon, a dry cleaner or a restaurant that refused to reveal prices in advance. So why are Americans forced to accept this ambiguity…

Celebrity Privilege is Not Celebrity Immunity

Celebrity Privilege is Not Celebrity Immunity

Public administrators have a legal obligation to ensure they do not infringe on the special trust and confidence of the public they serve. However, public administrators have fallen under the…

Questions in the Aftermath of Deconstruction: Public Administration in a Transforming World

Questions in the Aftermath of Deconstruction: Public Administration in a Transforming World

What makes today’s deconstruction different is that a rollback in federal regulatory reach—as expected from Republican administrations—is just one component of a transformation being wrought in public administration. Deconstruction represents…

Update on Water for Toledo

Update on Water for Toledo

Toledo last made national news for its water plant four years ago when routine monitoring detected microcystin – a toxin produced by the harmful blue-green algae. The Water Department immediately…

Public Administration in Fragile States

Public Administration in Fragile States

Fragile states exist on every continent. Many are in Africa but Haiti and Venezuela are considered fragile states. Fragile states are often geographically close to successful states. Botswana, for example,…

From “Trust Us” to Transparent Local Government

From “Trust Us” to Transparent Local Government

On the evening of April 8, 2018, City of Fort Collins, CO, City Manager Darin Atteberry stood at a podium in a hotel ballroom. Addressing an audience of distinguished leaders…