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United Nation’s Influence on Administrative Processes for Public Policy Development and Implementation

United Nation’s Influence on Administrative Processes for Public Policy Development and Implementation

The UN supports the development and implementation of freedom of information laws (FOIA) that uphold the public’s right to access information recorded by public organizations. Citizens’ use of and access…

Come Rain or Shine: Public Service at its Best

Come Rain or Shine: Public Service at its Best

Post-disasters, public servants may be called upon to deliver healing, stability and support in the not-so-distant future when life becomes challenging or loss becomes apparent for our citizens. When those…

Accountability and Transparency in Public Administration

Accountability and Transparency in Public Administration

Accountability and transparency practices have been put in place in most government agencies. We expect them to be upheld, but there remains a shadowed area where these implications are not…

Thankless Jobs Exist in All Sectors. But the MPA Need Not be a Thankless Degree.

Thankless Jobs Exist in All Sectors. But the MPA Need Not be a Thankless Degree.

While MPA programs and their delivery formats have expanded over the years, the time may also be ripe to examine what curricular and formatting innovations can be experimented with and…

Why the Office of Technology Assessment Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Why the Office of Technology Assessment Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Before its defunding in 1995, the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) provided Congress with nonpartisan science and technology analysis. If the OTA was still in existence, Congress could be doing…

Understanding Public Administration Through the Concept of Failure

Understanding Public Administration Through the Concept of Failure

Because the bottom line in the public sector is less clear, our benchmarks for success are often vague and contested. Less discussed, but just as useful, is the nature of…

The Crisis of Water Infrastructure in Shrinking Cities

The Crisis of Water Infrastructure in Shrinking Cities

Shrinking cities are losing a good chunk of their populations, yet must still find a way to update infrastructure. How can updates to essential services like water lines be funded…

America’s Public Policy: A Nietzschean Approach

America’s Public Policy: A Nietzschean Approach

It is vital that, as public policy officials, we are aware of the role values play in our decisions regarding sociopolitical matters. The changing of America and its values is…

Do School Districts Close the Right Schools?

Do School Districts Close the Right Schools?

When Chicago closed 49 schools in 2013, this decision drew national attention. What factors could have led to the selections of the schools fated to close?…

A Constitutional Standard to End Gerrymandering

A Constitutional Standard to End Gerrymandering

To cure the corruption of gerrymandering, take the profit out of it. The Constitution provides the standard for doing so by specifiying that representatives are to be chosen “by the…

Confidence in the American Future: The Terrible Unrecognized Cost of the Government Shutdown

During the four plus weeks of partial government shutdown—the 21st government shutdown since 1976 and the longest in our history—both politicians and pundits have spoken at length about the variety…