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The True Size of Government

Dec. 7 | 1 p.m. ET

Is today's government workforce too big? Too small? Are there enough people for the mission? How can we tell when we don’t have a good look at the make-up of the federal workforce? Contractors, grants and the federal workforce all make up today’s government population. Recent arguments for cutting the size of the workforce only apply to the federal workforce, though, which usually means one of two things: either inflating contracting or cutting back on the federal government’s mission. This webinar will explore this topic in depth with one of today’s leading experts!

Paul Light, New York University - Wagner School
Paul Light is NYU Wagner's Paulette Goddard professor of public service and founding principal investigator of the Global Center for Public Service, Before joining NYU, Light served as the Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, founding director of its Center for Public Service, and vice president and director of the Governmental Studies Program. He has served previously as director of the Public Policy Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts and associate dean and professor of public affairs at the University of Minnesota's Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Light is the author of 25 books, including works on social entrepreneurship, the nonprofit sector, federal government reform, public service and the baby boom. His most recent book is Government by Investigation: Presidents, Congress, and the Search for Answers, 1945-2012 (2014).  His award winning books include The President's Agenda: Domestic Policy Choice from Kennedy to Clinton (1998)Thickening Government: Federal Hierarchy and the Diffusion of Accountability (1995), The Tides of Reform: Making Government Work, 1945-1995 (1997), and A Government Ill Executed: The Decline of the Federal Service and How to Reverse It  2008).  Light is also a co-author of a best-selling American government textbook, Government by the People. His research interests include: bureaucracy, civil service, Congress, entitlement programs, executive branch, government reform, nonprofit effectiveness, organizational change and the political appointment process.