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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…

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…

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