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Public Agency Preparedness

There are numerous disasters, both manmade and natural, that have resulted in public agencies having to use alternative resources, different forms of communication, and training exercises in order to prepare…

Federal Career Service Leadership: Can We Do Better?


Reconsidering Institutional Memory

A former colleague of mine is retiring after 44 years of Federal service. Immediately after I wondered “why did she wait so long?” I was reminded of the nearly overwhelming…

Comparative Administration: Making PA Theory Useful and Understandable, Part 2

As explained in my 2003 PAR article, the justification for PE theory is simply that it is more enlightening than other theories in regard to the most interesting questions in…

Comparative Administration: Making PA Theory Useful and Understandable, Part 1

I have struggled over many years to link public administration to political science, economic development, and comparative politics so that PA literature could be more useful and understandable to practitioners…

Employer Perceptions and Use of Social Networking Tools When Hiring

Looking for a job is challenging, especially in the current economy. Recent graduates and “downsized” public employees are among those competing for a limited number of open positions in the…

Social Media for Public Parks and Recreation Organizations: Bridging the Communication Gap

A 2009 report released by Strategy Analytics estimates that there are nearly 400 million people using social media globally and in five years one out of every six people on…

New Media: A Path to the Future for Public Administrators

It is in fact a vicious food chain of information. The public sits on top, hungry for facts and answers. The media acts as both predator and prey.

Gov 2.0 Revisited: Social Media Strategies in the Public Sector

What we can now observe is a surge to use social networking services in government: almost every federal agency and department has at least one Facebook organizational page and at…

Social Media and Health Care

People are using social media for treatment and problems related to heart, lungs, liver, pregnancy and others.

The Nine Commandments of Social Media in Public Administration: A Dual-Generation Perspective

But the role of social media has already become a permanent element of modern management. This new venue for external communications can enhance the quality of government, but only if…