What is “Publicness”?

The Publicness discussed here exists when the society as a whole is working hard on behalf of its hungry and unsafe. Such work is not the responsibility of government alone but its private institutions as well. When studied closely, one finds in the United States a remarkably diverse and interpenetrated array of antipoverty activity across the public and private arenas. Its totality is regarded as an aggregate and identifiable yet scarcely recognized realm of pan-society activity named Publicness. Whether its present extent is sufficient is most doubtful. … More What is “Publicness”?

The Future of Women in Public Administration

Special Issue: Women in Public Administration The first symposium on women in public administration was published in 1976 and focused on three central topics: discrimination against, underrepresentation of, and underutilization of women in public service. Over four decades later, these issues are still pressing and continue to dominate the conversation surrounding women in public administration … More The Future of Women in Public Administration

Luther Gulick

Donald F. Kettl, University of Maryland We’re creeping up on the 70th anniversary of an important milestone in public administration—the Brownlow Committee’s recommendations to strengthen the executive office of the president. As Franklin D. Roosevelt juggled an alphabet soup of new programs to recover from the Great Depression, he was handicapped by an antiquated executive … More Luther Gulick

Luther Gulick Papers Digital Access Project

We are pleased to invite scholars in Washington, DC and the surrounding region to a public talk on the creation of a digitized archive of Luther Gulick’s papers at Baruch College. Join us on Monday, Oct. 17 at noon in the Marvin Center, Rooms 402-404, The George Washington University, for a presentation by two archivists … More Luther Gulick Papers Digital Access Project

Lucio: Value of Local Public Administrators Represented in Immigration Policy

From Joanna Lucio, author of Public Administrators and Noncitizens, from our September 2016 issue. In 2006, I arrived in Phoenix, AZ to the chants of “si, se pueda!” as immigrants and their supporters participated in peaceful protests for immigrant rights. Marches along the streets of major cities have been a common occurrence around the country … More Lucio: Value of Local Public Administrators Represented in Immigration Policy

Disputatio Sine Fine: O’Connell, Yusuf, and Meier on evidence-based teacher accountability

The debate below is based on “Two models of teacher accountability: Toward an explanation for the disappointing results of some market-based school reforms” by Lenahan O’Connell and Juita-Elena Yusuf, published online September 7, 2015. There is a brief commentary by O’Connell and Yusuf, followed by a response from Ken Meier, and ending with a rejoinder … More Disputatio Sine Fine: O’Connell, Yusuf, and Meier on evidence-based teacher accountability

Fusion Centers as Buffers: Re-Examining the Role of State and Local Organizations in Securing the Homeland and Safeguarding Civil Liberties

Scholars should try to understand better the extent to which local fusion centers are acting as a buffer between the practice of domestic intelligence and their communities. Fusion centers are well positioned to support, if not lead, this effort. Future scholarship could inform the practitioner community by gathering data on current practices, and identifying ways in which fusion centers may become even more effective in public engagement on SARs and other intelligence processes. … More Fusion Centers as Buffers: Re-Examining the Role of State and Local Organizations in Securing the Homeland and Safeguarding Civil Liberties

Public Administrators Are People, Too–A closer look at the July A&S

Richard Box’s review article in the July edition of A&S weaves together three threads of the “human element” in public administration. The management perspective in administration often leaves the machinations of public administration on the ground in, well, a very mechanical state; pull the lever here to add more resources, push the button there to … More Public Administrators Are People, Too–A closer look at the July A&S