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In Consideration of the 14th Amendment

In Consideration of the 14th Amendment

The 14th Amendment has recently come into the limelight when President Trump questioned the intentions of “birthright citizenship” as it applies to migrants. While most countries have clauses which support…

Lessons from the Resistance

Lessons from the Resistance

One of the challenges of being a public administration academic and a member of ASPA is the tension between being perceived as politically objective and at the same time speaking…

“I Believe in America.”

“I Believe in America.”

This year we have been treated to far too many episodes of malfeasant behaviors by what can only be described as ideological mobs. If you join others at the front…

Public Administration From the 100,000-foot View

Public Administration From the 100,000-foot View

Congress has delegated administrative decisionmaking to numerous agencies including the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration. Such agencies process literally millions of decisions regarding the rights of individuals.…

Strategic Initiatives for Cyberspace Organizations

Strategic Initiatives for Cyberspace Organizations

Setting strategic direction for cyberspace means presenting a comprehensive picture of linking organizational mission, vision, strategic goals, strategic objectives, performance measures, targets, strategic initiatives and the budget… all part of…

Unqualified for the Job or “Diversity Shaming?”

Unqualified for the Job or “Diversity Shaming?”

Minority employees have long struggled to overcome the negative stereotype that they are unqualified and that their hiring was mainly to fulfill affirmative action mandates or diversity quotas. This assumption…

Creating Positive Change through Community Engagement

Creating Positive Change through Community Engagement

With the national mid-term election over in the United States, many students and faculty who invested in the democratic process of campaigns may be waking up and asking what additional…

First Responder – Who Makes the Cut?

First Responder – Who Makes the Cut?

Usually, in the first 24-36 hours of an event, life safety is of the utmost importance and leadership in these events falls to public safety functions in police and fire. After…

The Schoharie Limousine Tragedy – Was Government Part of the Problem?

The Schoharie Limousine Tragedy – Was Government Part of the Problem?

Although this series of articles has presented the theme that government is the solution, these types of traumatic incidents beg the counter question of what happens when government or perhaps…

Public Service Values and Motivation in the MPA Classroom: An Exercise

Public Service Values and Motivation in the MPA Classroom: An Exercise

Recently, in one of my MPA classes, I covered the topic of public service motivation. In preparation for the class, the students read the article “Public Service Motivation Research: Lessons…

Fiscal Policy – the Universal Language. Respect – the Universal Solution?

Fiscal Policy – the Universal Language. Respect – the Universal Solution?

Mathematics is said to be the universal language and if that is true, it must be true that financial institutions and fiscal policy are the most efficient modes of meeting…