Old and New: Government Transparency

Increasing the transparency of the functions and processes of government is now a mainstay of both the public policy agenda and administrative practices in liberal democracies. The April 2018 issue features five articles touching on this subject. The first two offer conceptual frameworks for understanding the use of freedom of information laws and assessing political … More Old and New: Government Transparency

Cui Bono? Private Goals in the Design of Public Organizations

Who benefits (cui bono) from private foundation behavior? As a result of their social significance and public support, vibrant debates have ensued regarding how much of a redistributional ethic private foundations should be expected to maintain, with the vigor of the conversation increasing as private giving continues to grow and as more living donors wish … More Cui Bono? Private Goals in the Design of Public Organizations

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

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