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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…

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…

Building Public Spaces for Women in Pakistan

Building Public Spaces for Women in Pakistan

Pakistani women’s participation in the workforce has increased by over 50 percent in the last 15 years. However, despite these gains, women’s access to public spaces and their participation in…

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…

Where Will Government Be In The Next Twenty Years?

Where Will Government Be In The Next Twenty Years?

Some recent reports have had me thinking about the transformation of local, state and the federal government in the United States. In February, I had written about the International Public…

Empty Space

Empty Space

Some think our cities are too full. Residents complain about the growing pains of construction next door and car traffic in the suburbs. Because of these inconveniences, some residents try…

Machiavellian Leadership in Public Administration?

Machiavellian Leadership in Public Administration?

A principal responsibility of the public manager is to develop and/or protect a desired organizational culture. The organizational culture constitutes the values and beliefs held by members of an organization…

The Colors of the Wind: A Common Sense Revolution in Public Service

The Colors of the Wind: A Common Sense Revolution in Public Service

Public Administration has been present for every wind of public or social reform that has whistled or roared through the ages. Each wind has carved the path for the next…

Partisan Opposition and Ethical Leadership

Partisan Opposition and Ethical Leadership

Public administrators who neglect the dynamic interaction between partisans and authorities—especially city managers who serve at the pleasure of politically divided city councils—do so at their peril. Just ask René…

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