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Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Jan. 16, 2018 | 1 p.m. ET

Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations approaches public management learning in a unique way, examining more than 100 high profile and little known administrative failure and success stories to explore how failures happen, how they can be prevented and how to replicate successes in other jurisdictions. Organized to complement a standard public management or organizational behavior textbook structure, and to satisfy NASPAA accreditation requirements, this book explores both traditional public administration functions (performance management, financial management, human-resource management, procurement management, policymaking, capital management and information-technology management) and organizational concepts (organizational structure and organizational culture). Unlike a traditional casebook, the accompanying stories do not stop in the middle to ask the readers what they would do; instead readers are asked to consider how the events illuminate what public management means and how to make it most effective. The stories ground and give meaning to the book’s review of principles and best practices.

Stories include both well known and highly reported stories of success and failure including Wikileaks, the Boston Marathon bombing, bankruptcy of Detroit, British Petroleum oil spill, 9/11 World Trade Center attack, decision to invade Iraq, Affordable Care Act website rollout, "Bridgegate" scandal and the Brooklyn Navy Yard killings. The stories do not pass judgment on governments and nonprofits as institutions, but rather teach students and practitioners best management practices by example. Discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter to prompt classroom discussion.

Charles Coe, Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration, North Carolina State University
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Public Administration at North Carolina State University, Charlie Coe specializes in financial, urban and general management. He is the author of Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations: Stories of Success and Failure (Routledge, 2018); Nonprofit Financial Management:  A Practical Guide (John Wiley Sons Inc., 2011): Handbook of Urban Services (M.E. Sharpe, 2009); Government and Nonprofit Financial Management (Management Concepts, 2007); Purchasing and Materials Management (Austin: Sheshunoff Information Services, 1998) and Public Financial Management (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:  Prentice Hall, 1989).
He is the recipient of the Charles H. Levine Award for Excellence in Public Administration; the Joseph Wholey Distinguished Scholarship Award; the A. Jack Vogt Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Advancement of Local Government Budgeting and Evaluation; and the University of Georgia Public Service Award for Distinguished Achievement.

He has served as assistant to the mayor of Atlanta; budget officer of Grand Rapids, Mich.; public service associate in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government; and professor in the Department of Public Administration, North Carolina State University.

Bruce McDonald, Moderator, Associate Professor and MPA Program Director, North Carolina State University
Bruce D. McDonald, III is an associate professor and MPA Program Director at North Carolina State University. He serves as the co-editor in chief of both the Journal of Public Affairs Education and the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs and sits on several boards of nonprofit organizations, including Midwest Public Affairs Conference, Research Triangle Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, and Regions Beyond International. He received his BA from Mercer University (2003), his MA from American Military University (2004), an M.Sc. in economic history from the London School of Economics (2005) and a Ph.D. from Florida State University (2011).

From 2003 to 2005, McDonald served as a legislative aide to Senator Bob Graham and, later, to Representative Allen Boyd. As a researcher on public and nonprofit management, he has carried his journalism experience forward and published a number of papers in such outlets as The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, Review of Public Personnel Administration and The International Journal of Public Sector Management. He is an associate professor and MPA Program Director at North Carolina State University.

Sex Crime, Offenders, and Society

Jan. 23, 2018 | 1 p.m. ET

Sex crime management has become a “growth industry”, with several laws being enacted nationally to respond to sex offending. Perhaps reflecting an increased interest in preventing sexual violence, a growing body of literature has been devoted toward understanding the nature and extent of sex crime, its causes and public and policy responses to sex offending. Yet, relatively few scholarly texts that summarize and review this large knowledge base currently exist. This gap is particularly striking given that contemporary discussions about sex offenders frequently rely on myths about sex crime. In turn, scholars claim that current policy responses resting on these misperceptions are not likely to be effective in preventing sex offending. This text seeks to fill this void by examining three critical dimensions of sex crime scholarship.

The first dimension, “The Nature and Extent of Sex Offending and Prominent Theoretical Explanations,” encompasses four chapters of the book and reviews what is known about sexual offending and sex crime. The text then moves into the second substantive domain, “Societal Responses to Sexual Offending,” which encompasses three chapters of the book. This focus is particularly relevant toward a broader understanding of sexual offenders and sex crime policy given that public opinion, and more generally, societal impressions, have played a significant role in the creation of sex crime laws. The remaining chapters focus on “Sex Crime Policy and Reform,” which analyzes prominent laws and policies developed in recent decades to punish and control sex offenders.

Join us for a very interesting look into a somewhat under-the-radar policy and administration area of our discipline.

Christina Mancini, Professor, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University