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A Place to Stand: Public Service in a Climate of Protests

A Place to Stand: Public Service in a Climate of Protests

Public Servants have long witnessed the dismantling of one policy or another. At times, the policy has energized allies — natural or otherwise. During those times, dismantling often included organized…

Public Administration – The Tip of the Iceberg

Public Administration – The Tip of the Iceberg

What we read in the press or see on TV is just the tip of the iceberg of what is really going on in government. For example, on September 21,…

21st Century Higher Education in America: A Reason for Alarm?

21st Century Higher Education in America: A Reason for Alarm?

Is the reason for rising higher education cost due to the importance of this service in opening avenues of social mobility for low-income and middle-income American citizens and their families? Rising…

The Enduring Mystery of Performance Management

The Enduring Mystery of Performance Management

A search on “performance management” found nine PA Times columns posted in 2018 and a total of 45 pages listing prior columns on the subject back to 2010 when the…

Speaking Out

Speaking Out

I’m not naive enough to think we can ever actually end sexual violence, but I do believe we can reduce it and that we can work to improve things for…

Teachers and the Mid-Term Elections: My Eyebrows are Raised

Teachers and the Mid-Term Elections: My Eyebrows are Raised

The mid-term elections are just a few weeks away, and I think most, if not all of us, are interested in the outcomes of the many federal and state elections.…

Contemporary Challenges and Public Administration Education — Reflections and Suggestions

Contemporary Challenges and Public Administration Education — Reflections and Suggestions

The problems that affect society today are best characterized as wicked problems. They are complex. They have multiple causes. They transcend multiple jurisdictions and are relentless. The role of society…

Disaster Lessons: Build Back Better

Disaster Lessons: Build Back Better

While public administrators and policymakers throughout the world, including the United States, have had to prepare for, respond to and recover from a wide range of natural hazard events, such…

To the Victor Belong the Spoils?

To the Victor Belong the Spoils?

Given the current buzz about civil service reform, it is time to take a step back and ask: “What is the purpose of a civil service system?” The purpose of…

Cost-Benefit Analysis or Cost-Value Analysis?

Cost-Benefit Analysis or Cost-Value Analysis?

Costs can be immediately quantified and calculated. In the project management world, costing methods are mature and robust. Determining the benefits of a project is still evolving as reflected in…

In Defense of the Bureaucrat

In Defense of the Bureaucrat

Today we refer to those running government programs as public servants to contravene the negative connotations associated with bureaucrats. I understand this inclination. What better way to depict those…

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