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One (Divisible) Nation: Emoluments for Influence?

One (Divisible) Nation: Emoluments for Influence?

Foundations of Public Administration is, in my humble opinion, one of the hallmark courses for any MPA student and I take seriously the steadfast charge to present and explore the…

Employee Valuation: The “A-ha” Moment!

Employee Valuation: The “A-ha” Moment!

Are Administrators not investing in people because of low output (read: productivity and widgets), or, as Administrators, have we underinvested in our greatest commodity: People? We must have an “A-ha”…

The Right to “Consent”: A New Path to Protecting Our Voting Rights

The Right to “Consent”: A New Path to Protecting Our Voting Rights

The Declaration of Independence makes it abundantly clear that for the governed to consent they must have a voice in their government, its governance, public policies and administration—and their voice…

Revolutionizing the Resolution of Sexual Harassment Claims at the Federal Level

Revolutionizing the Resolution of Sexual Harassment Claims at the Federal Level

Employers increasingly rely upon mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts to ensure the removal of employee sexual harassment claims out of the public courtroom and into private arbitration proceedings.…

Have Diplomacy—Will Negotiate

Have Diplomacy—Will Negotiate

The secret of being a great president is to understand the full scope of one’s duties as prescribed by the Constitution and forged over time with respect to implied powers.…

Church, State and the Golden Rule

Church, State and the Golden Rule

Could the golden rule be the common denominator among those who believe the United States was founded as a Christian nation and those who believe in strict separation of church…

Our Fragile Representative Democracy and its Repair

Our Fragile Representative Democracy and its Repair

There are urgent fixes to make to our voting system more representative and less volatile for the future.…

The Line-Item Veto Reconsidered

The Line-Item Veto Reconsidered

In this month’s column I will explain what a line-item (sometimes called a partial or digit veto) veto is; and why Presidents do not have this ability, unlike many of…

The Risk of Doing Something

The Risk of Doing Something

In times of crisis there is immense pressure placed on those in positions of authority to do something. The demand for action is natural, but fraught with potential problems. …

Rights vs. Authority: The Ethical Application of Official Power

Rights vs. Authority: The Ethical Application of Official Power

Public sector leadership must create the proper perspective in their employees—that as public officials their authority is granted to serve the community, not manage it.…

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