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BookTalk: Nonprofits as Policy Solutions to the Burden of Government

May 10, 2017 | 1 p.m. ET

This book addresses a specific subset of nonprofits that are chartered with a single mission: to decrease the burden of government. Designing and engaging nonprofits to lessen the burden of government requires a specific description and acknowledgement of the burden to be lessened, including the providing infrastructure, relieving debt or providing general public services that are not motivated by charity. It also requires assigning specific operating powers to the nonprofit—including the power of eminent domain.

This book explores these and other related topics, including avoiding becoming resource-dependent on government when attempting to reduce its burden. The book is addressed to the policymakers and rulemakers who design policies that affect the ability of the nonprofit to effectively lessen the burden of government. It is also addressed to public administrators in search of innovative ways of implementing these policies consistent with current laws, and to the creative nonprofit managers who are charged with carrying out such missions, often in collaboration with governmental or similar entities.

To the advanced student in all related fields, the author offers not only material for discussion but also enables you to discover what is possible by giving key examples of organizations that meet the terms and objective of lessening a significant burden of government.
    Herrington Bryce, Raymond Mason School of Business
    Herrington J. Bryce is the Life of Virginia of Business at the Raymond Mason School of Business and an Affiliate of the Thomas Jefferson Program at the College of William and Mary and a former member of the Treasury Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia, which approved the terms and structure of state-supported debt for infrastructure acquisition and operation. He is a distinguished alumni of Minnesota State University—Mankato and has a Ph.D. in economics from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He is a former Brookings Economic Policy Fellow, a NATO fellow, a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, a member of the faculties at Clark University (Worcester) in theory and public finance, a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Planning (regional planning) and the director of legal and budgetary studies at the University of Maryland, University College. This discussion is based on two of his recent books: His award-winning, Players in the Public Policy Process: Nonprofits as Social Capital and Agents,(Palgrave Macmillan) and his most recent, Nonprofits as Policy Solutions to the Burden of Government, published by De Gruyter, an independent academic publisher, in January 2017.

    Richard Little, Moderator, AICP Infrastructure Policy Consultant
    Richard G. Little teaches, conducts research and develops policy studies aimed at informing the discussion of infrastructure issues critical to California and the nation. He previously was Director of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment of the National Research Council (NRC). He has conducted numerous studies dealing with life-cycle management and financing of infrastructure, project management, and hazard preparedness and mitigation and has published extensively on risk management and decision-making for critical infrastructure protection. Mr. Little has more than 35 years of experience in planning, management and policy development relating to infrastructure and public facilities, including 15 years with local government and currently as a consultant. He is also the editor of Public Works Management and Policy, a journal of the Section on Transportation Policy and Administration Research and Practice in Infrastructure, Technology, and the Environment of the American Association of Public Administration.

    BookTalk: Partisans and Partners: The Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society

    June 20, 2017 | 1 p.m. ET

    There’s no question that Americans are bitterly divided by politics. But in Partisans and Partners, Josh Pacewicz finds that our traditional understanding of red/blue, right/left, urban/rural division is too simplistic.

    Wheels-down in Iowa—that most important of primary states—Pacewicz looks to two cities, one traditionally Democratic, the other traditionally Republican, and finds that younger voters are rejecting older-timers’ strict political affiliations. A paradox is emerging as the dividing lines between America’s political parties have sharpened, Americans are at the same time growing distrustful of traditional party politics in favor of becoming apolitical or embracing outside-the-beltway candidates. Pacewicz sees this change coming not from politicians and voters, but from the fundamental reorganization of the community institutions in which political parties have traditionally been rooted. Weaving together major themes in American political history—including globalization, the decline of organized labor, loss of locally owned industries, uneven economic development, and the emergence of grassroots populist movements—Partisans and Partners is a timely and comprehensive analysis of American politics as it happens on the ground.

    Josh Pacewicz, Professor, Brown University