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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…

Honest Social Conflict or Dishonest Harmony? The Time for a Decision

Honest Social Conflict or Dishonest Harmony? The Time for a Decision

What of honest social conflict? What are the benefits, the dangers? The great Dr. W.E.B. Dubois once wrote, “either ignorance will destroy America or America will destroy ignorance.” We are…

Realistic Public Administration: Revisiting Amelioration

Realistic Public Administration: Revisiting Amelioration

When working with public administrators at any level, or when listening to the concerns of our communities, we often hear the sentiment that all problems should be fully addressed, as…

To Teach or Not To Teach—Insights from a Practitioner Instructor

If your last contact with higher education was as a student or a brush with the system as a guest lecturer, you may find the educational environment to be different…

Challenging the Public Administration Status Quo

Challenging the Public Administration Status Quo

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Michael R. Ford July 9, 2018 In a recent…

The United States Virgin Islands Certified Public Manager Program: A New Paradigm in the Management of Government

On Aug. 26 and 27, 2014, the accomplishments of the first ever class of 43 graduates from the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Certified Public Manager (CPM) program were celebrated;…

The Half-Empty Cup in Our Population and Economy

As the result of the Great Recession in Europe and North America, there were 10,000 additional “economic suicides” according to a study published in The British Journal of Psychiatry. Led…

Alachua County’s Green Infrastructure Investment Program

Alachua County’s Green Infrastructure Investment Program

Since the 1990s, Alachua County has experienced extreme weather events, hurricanes, historic floods, droughts and wildfires. Florida’s climate is predicted to experience greater extremes in weather conditions, temperatures and water…

Protecting the Environment: What are the Benefits of Public Outdoor Spaces?

Protecting the Environment: What are the Benefits of Public Outdoor Spaces?

Public outdoor spaces create economic, social and environmental value for the community. Public spaces are all around us and have become important parts of the everyday life. This includes the…

Changing Approaches to Water Quality Administration in the Carolinas

Changing Approaches to Water Quality Administration in the Carolinas

For facilities operating in the Upper Saluda River basin in the upstate region of South Carolina, wastewater discharges are now managed at the basin scale, rather than at the individual…

After Oso: Revisiting Washington’s Forest Practices Act

After Oso: Revisiting Washington’s Forest Practices Act

In the wake of the Oso landslide on March 22, 2014, Washington’s policies for approving forest practices have become a politically salient issue. While the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)…

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