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September 11, 2019

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In This Issue:

This Month’s ASPA News in Five Minutes!

ASPA President Paul Danczyk has released his video of the month for September. This quick, five-minute play will tell you everything you need to know about what is happening at ASPA this month! From regional events in the discipline to ASPA national programming, as well as Chapter programming, September is a busy month!

You can read more about many of these details throughout the rest of this edition of Bridge, but take a few minutes to watch Paul's video and get caught up on everything you need to know!

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Less than One Month to Submit Your #ASPA2020 Proposal

ASPA's 2020 Annual Conference proposal submission process is well underway and more than 100 people have already begun submitting proposals. Do you have great ideas for panels or workshops that should be presented?

Anyone interested can submit a proposal: academics, practitioners, nonprofit experts and beyond! More, you do not have to stick to a traditional panel presentation. If you have an idea for a hands-on workshop from which other public administrators would benefit, tell us about it! The process is simple: Pick your track (there are six options; see below), determine your focus within the six e's (see below) and tell us what you will focus on!

ASPA's 2020 Annual Conference, taking place April 3-7, 2020, will center around the theme, 2020 Vision for Politics, Policy and Administration. We will work to engage scholars, administrators, nonprofit leaders and public service professionals across the field in thoughtful dialogue, information sharing and respectful debate. As our theme implies, 20:20 vision is a perfect state and that vision often is tempered by realities and dynamics frequently outside our control. Yet when we emphasize and model efficiency, effectiveness, economy, equity, ethics and empowerment, we get closer to realizing that vision.

The 2020 conference will delve into our theme by acknowledging our imperfect past, understanding current challenges and identifying innovations and paths toward a 20:20 future. Six tracks will guide our time together:

  • Finance
  • Global public administration
  • Governance
  • Infrastructure
  • Leadership and management and
  • Social equity
Many other topics—human resources, public safety, emergency management, public administration theory, legal and ethical frameworks, climate change, the environment and technology—are incorporated into each of the main tracks.

Proposals must pay special attention to efficiency, effectiveness, economy, equity, ethics and empowerment, and the role they play in the research or practice you intend to delve into. They are our cornerstone. Our research is not complete without considering their effects. Our practice is not balanced if they are not fundamental to our programs.

Chapters and Sections: Remember, we have special opportunities to help you be a part of the program in Anaheim! Make the most of these options to submit a proposal and help attendees see the discipline through your area of focus or local needs!

All proposals are due by October 4, 2019. Click here for more information and start planning your submission now!

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E-Learning Takes You to the Next Level

ASPA's e-learning opportunities are ongoing throughout the year. Averaging 75 attendees per live event and free for anyone to participate, these events provide you with valuable insights and information at your fingertips. Visit our website to stay informed about all upcoming webinars including KeepingCurrent, BookTalks and the Student and New Professionals Series.

ASPA will be featuring content looking at governance throughout September. As noted at the top of this newsletter, ASPA President Paul Danczyk's September video provides more details about this month's theme. Click on the graphic below to view the video.

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Student and New Professionals Webinar: Incorporating Difficult Conversations in Public Administration Courses
September 18 | 1 p.m. ET
Brandi Blessett, University of Cincinnati
Ana-Maria Dimand, Moderator, Florida International University and ASPA Student Representative
Tia Gaynor, University of Cincinnati
Anthony Starke, University of Colorado Denver

How do you tackle conversations about politics in your public administration classes? What about race? Terrorism? Equity? Criminal justice? And how do you help your students feel comfortable with the dialogue? How do you provide safe spaces for all people, as well as all topics? Our next Student and New Professionals webinar will focus on how to incorporate uncomfortable conversations into mainstream public administration classes—or create special topics classes where and as necessary. Attendees will gain specific tips and tools for having tough conversations, while maintaining class participation and piquing intellectual curiosity—without alienating any of the participants.

KeepingCurrent: Finding the Missing Link—Improving Governance and Performance through Citizen Input and Digital Technology
In partnership with ASPA's Center for Accountability and Performance
September 24 | 1 p.m. ET
Katherine Barrett, Barrett and Greene
Toni Samuels, Moderator, National Civic League
Costis Toregas, Montgomery County Council
Marie Tweedy, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks

Many experts believe that the vital connections between the digital world, citizen engagement and government performance are keys to a successful government. But how, and to what degree, does the convergence of these gateways drive government service delivery? This webinar will explore this question with local government experts and practitioners.

KeepingCurrent: "Determinants of Public Administrators’ Use of Performance Information: Evidence from Local Governments in Florida"
In partnership with Public Administration Review
September 26 | 1 p.m. ET
Tamara Dimitrijevska-Markoski, Mississippi State University
Nonpresenting Coauthor:
P. Edward French, Mississippi State University

Performance management has been a focus of scholars and practitioners for more than 25 years, yet the use of performance information has not greatly expanded as a result of this attention. Acknowledging that performance measurement is not an end in itself, but rather a means to enhance focus on results and value, this webinar evaluates the determinants of the use of performance information by local government administrators.

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Focus on Membership: Fall is the Perfect Time to Join ASPA!

Whether you are in school, know someone who is in school, teach, serve as an adjunct or have nothing to do with higher education, "fall" remains an annual marker of new beginnings for many of us—making it the perfect time to start new professional relationships and (re)join societies!

How does ASPA get new members? You help us! You talk to your friends, recommend us to colleagues, encourage students to start down their public administration paths with as many resources as possible and otherwise serve as a walking billboard for the great work ASPA offers that can help advance excellence in public service. (Or, we hope you do!)

We encourage professors to promote ASPA to their students especially—most importantly new MPAs who need the resources more than others—as the year gets started. Now is a great time to encourage new cohorts to broaden their resources and make new connections to forward their careers in public service.

For those who need help finding the right words, two great new video resources have been added to ASPA’s video library!

ASPA President Paul Danczyk recorded this video to tout ASPA membership and talk about what it has meant for him and his career. This provides great commentary from an ASPA president about everything membership has to offer as you are getting started.

ASPA Student Representative Ana-Maria Dimand recorded this video to offer a current student's perspective on everything ASPA membership can provide young people and why her membership matters so much to her.

Whether you are connected to higher education or simply know young public servants and scholars, circulate these videos and help introduce everything ASPA makes available to the next generation! We are relying on your help to grow and continue advancing excellence in public service.

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In Memoriam

ASPA announces that Frank Sherwood, an ASPA past president, distinguished scholar and professor in the field of public administration, and the founding director of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, died on August 28, 2019 at his home in Annapolis, Maryland.

Born in 1920, Sherwood grew up in San Diego, graduated from San Diego High School and attended Dartmouth College. He joined the U.S. Army in 1943, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant and serving overseas in Germany. In 1946, as part of his Army service, he received a Certificate in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University in England. In 1950, he received a Master of Science in public administration from the University of Southern California (USC) and he began his academic career as an assistant professor in public administration in 1951, obtaining his doctorate in political science from USC shortly thereafter. He taught at USC until 1968, becoming director of the USC School of Public Administration.

In 1968, he was appointed the founding director of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he created and conducted numerous advanced executive development programs. In 1973, he moved to Washington, D.C. and founded the Washington Public Affairs Center (WPAC), an Eastern campus for USC. In 1981, he accepted an appointment as the chairman of the Department of Public Administration at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He retired from FSU in 1995.

Sherwood was an active life member of ASPA, serving as president from 1973-1974. He was active in Chapters and Sections, served on numerous awards committees, attended many conferences and was deeply engaged in the life of the society. He served on the board of editors for Public Administration Review, as well as others. He was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 1969 and also chaired various NAPA committees.

Click here to view Dr. Sherwood’s full obituary.

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Founders’ Fellows Call for Applications Launches

ASPA's Founders' Fellows program is now accepting applications for its 2020 class! Geared toward accelerating careers of young public administrators, doctoral students and new researchers, this is ASPA's most competitive Fellowship program of the year and provides results that could last throughout your career. Start thinking now about which student or new professional you will nominate (or apply for one our openings yourself). All applications are due by October 11, 2019.

The Founders' Fellows program recognizes the exceptional accomplishments and future potential of the next generation of public servants—in the academic and/or practitioner communities. The 2020 class will continue to fulfill these promises, and much more.

Fellows receive the following benefits:

  • Complimentary attendance and hotel accommodations at ASPA's 2020 Annual Conference, April 3-7 in Anaheim, where they present their research
  • A mentorship with a senior mentor who is matched with each Fellow, based on academic and professional interests, to provide professional development
  • Tailored professional development webinars that address their specific educational and professional needs
Candidates must be ASPA members in good standing and submit a letter of recommendation from an ASPA member in good standing to qualify for the program. (Should you be accepted into the program, you are required to maintain your ASPA membership for the entirety of your Founders' Fellow year.)

A completed application will include:
  • An application information form
  • A list of career and research interests
  • A resume or CV
  • A personal statement
  • An essay (more details are provided in the online application)
  • Your nominator's letter of recommendation
Have questions? Visit our website for more details, click here to access the application or contact ASPA's Phillip Carlisle.

Remember: All applications are due by Oct. 11, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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ASPA Opens Call for Nominations for 2020 Awards Program

ASPA's annual Awards Program is your once-a-year opportunity to nominate someone to be recognized as one of public administration's dedicated public servants.

  • Do you know a current or former city official who has dedicated themselves to the public good?
  • Do you know an unsung scholar who produces excellent research?
  • Do you know a public official who has stood up for equity and integrity in government?
  • Do you know someone who has bridged the academic/practitioner divide and encouraged best practices because of it?
  • Do you know someone who is all-around excellent?
We are sure you do!

Review our awards categories and nominate them to be recognized for their efforts this April at ASPA's 2020 Annual Conference! More than 20 awards honor a variety of practitioners and scholars who advance excellence in public service at all levels. Your name, or someone you know, could be on the list!

Just a few of the awards categories for which one can be nominated include:
  • National Public Service Award
  • Nesta M. Gallas Award
  • Donald C. Stone Service to ASPA Award
  • Elmer B. Staats Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Paul P. Van Riper Award
  • Public Integrity Award
  • Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award
You can find all of our awards listed online. Each are tremendous honors bestowed on those exhibiting excellence in public service. And remember: While some awards require the honoree to be an ASPA member, that is not true for all of them. City managers, local government service providers, public health advocates, nonprofit executives, organizations and more are all eligible and our committees look forward to considering a wide range of nominees.

Every year more than 30 public servants are recognized by ASPA as exemplifying the best of public administration, but only those who are nominated can be considered! Review ASPA's Awards Program details and begin work on your nomination/submission today.

All awards submissions are due November 1, 2019. Contact ASPA's Phillip Carlisle with any questions or for more information.

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ASPA Nominating Committee to Convene, Review Nominations

Thank you to those who submitted names of individuals who should be considered for an ASPA leadership position! We received a robust number of submissions, each of whom will be considered by our nominating committee for a slot on this fall's elections ballot.

The nominating committee will meet in the coming weeks to review all nominations and make final determinations about those who will stand for election this fall. Once its deliberations are complete, ASPA will release the slate and members not listed may begin a petition period to add their names to the ballot if they wish to do so.

ASPA thanks its nominating committee for the work it is about to undertake. Its members are:

  • Susan Gooden, Chair
  • Janice Lachance
  • Jane Pisano
  • Ann Braga
  • Daniel Lasseter
  • Reginald Robinson
  • Miriam Singer
Contact ASPA's Phillip Carlisle with any questions about this fall's election process.

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In the News

Today's headlines contain plenty of news coverage of some of our nation's most pressing public administration challenges. ASPA has curated some of the most important stories from the past few weeks. If you have not seen these yet, make sure you read them now!


Public Finance Public Service/Governance/Leadership Social Equity
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Members in the News

ASPA member Anne Khademian was recently published in Inside Higher Ed. Her article looks at teaching "grand challenges" within advanced degree public administration programs. Find that article online here.

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Welcome New ASPA Members!
Click here to view the most recent new ASPA members!

AWPA-WPS Reference Tool

Academic Women in Public Administration and Women in the Public Sector at John Jay College, CUNY have developed an academic and practical reference tool. The purpose of the tool is to promote work that addresses substantive topics targeting underrepresented groups, share resources for research and teaching from underrepresented scholars and practitioners and diversify resources used in teaching and practice. Click here to access the tool.

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2019 MPAC/TPAC Next Week

The 2019 Midwest Public Affairs Conference (MPAC) and ASPA's Section on Public Administration Education's 2019 Teaching Public Administration Conference (TPAC) will be held jointly in Indianapolis next Thursday and Friday, September 19-20. Hosted by Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the conference will celebrate the diversity of public administration theory, praxis and pedagogy in a time of social change and upheaval. Click here for more information about MPAC; and here for more information about TPAC.

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2019 ABFM Annual Conference in DC This Fall

The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management's (ABFM) 2019 Annual Conference, "Line Item" will take place at the end of this month, September 26-28 in Washington, DC. Awards to be conferred include the Aaron B. Wildavsky award, the Kenneth S. Howard award, the Paul Posner Pracademic award and the Mike Curro Student Paper award. Click here to register.

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Call for Papers: Public Administration Issues

Public Administration Issues has issued a call for papers for the upcoming English-language special issue: "Comparative Performance Management in Government: International Cases," guest editor: Tobin Im, Seoul National University. The promise of performance management in government has proved to be so compelling that today we are well into an "era of government by performance management." Performance management seeks to improve the performance of public programs and agencies by developing and adopting clear and specific organizational goals, decomposing these goals into quantitatively reliable indicators, collecting performance information over time, and, ultimately, allocating organizational resources in order to meet performance targets. Like most managerial and administrative movements, however, the performance management revolution was initiated primarily in the West, and, more specifically, by the governments of English-speaking countries. As such, although the principles and assumptions underlying performance management reform seem contextually neutral, in practice there may be a number of operational, performance, and even cultural factors that affect how the practice is used and develops outside of its native context. This special issue seeks to assemble articles examining the implementation of performance management and measurement regimes in diverse contexts. All abstracts are due by September 30, 2019; all accepted manuscripts will be due by January 31, 2020. Click here for the full call for papers and more information.

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ASPA/Pi Alpha Alpha Capstone Panel Call for Proposals

During ASPA's 2020 Annual Conference in Anaheim, five ASPA Sections and NASPAA's National Pi Alpha Alpha honor society are planning to present the 10th Annual ASPA/Pi Alpha Alpha National Capstone panel. Organizers are now accepting panel proposals from students and faculty mentors for consideration. Throughout the past nine years, this initiative has showcased how schools of public administration effectively integrate theory and practice through the capstone pedagogy. The purpose of the panel is to examine and analyze MPA capstone projects bringing innovation to the public and nonprofit sectors; ascertain and analyze how capstone projects and project design improve and augment best practices in the public and nonprofit sectors; and to analyze projects that are preparing the next generation of public and nonprofit leaders. All proposals are due by October 1, 2019. Click here for more information.

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Section on African Public Administration Call for Proposals

ASPA's Section on African Public Administration (SAPA) has announced its Call for Proposals for its symposium, "Vision 2020 for Africa’s Development Transformation: Challenges and Opportunities," to take place at ASPA's 2020 Annual Conference, April 3-7 in Anaheim. SAPA's symposium will take place Friday, April 3, bringing to the table scholars and practitioners from the African continent, the United States and other regions of the world to ponder the continent's current development challenges and offer smart practices on how to move forward in respect to improving African countries' governance, management, infrastructure and financial capabilities. At the heart of this pracademic discourse will be how to strengthen the current public administration, public policy and networked governance of African countries toward the increasingly complex and complicated needs of one of the world's largest and fast growing youth population. Proposals for individual papers and professional presentations should include an abstract of 250-400 words; proposals for fully formed panels should consist of three to four complementary papers and include an abstract of 400-600 words. Submission review will begin on October 15, 2019. Click here for more information.

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NAPA Fall Meeting This November

NAPA's 2019 Academy Fall Meeting will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, November 7-8. At this year's Fall Meeting, the Academy will be unveiling its Grand Challenges in Public Administration. At the 2018 Fall Meeting, the Academy began a year-long, interdisciplinary and intersectoral effort to identify these challenges and position the Academy to lead future efforts to respond to the challenges identified. Join us this November as NAPA identifies its Grand Challenges in Public Administration and strategizes and mobilizes the field to find solutions. Click here for more information.

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2019 NECoPA This November in Brooklyn

NECoPA will host its 10th anniversary conference at LIU-Brooklyn this November 8-10 in Brooklyn, NY. Public governance is now tasked with building more inclusive societies for sustainable development that ensures social justice for all and requires public institutions to be both effective and accountable. Governance for sustainability means governance for a future that reflects values inherent to public service, leading with innovation in public administration. As the 2019 NECoPA convenes with a public service just as under pressure as it was 10 years ago, the event seeks to address innovative ways in which public administrators can tackle wicked problems during fiscal stress and turbulent governance. Interested in sponsoring part of this event? Contact Gina Scutelnicu for details. Click here for more information.

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COMPA Call for Papers in the Field

The Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) will hold its 2020 Annual Conference in Atlanta, February 26-29, 2020, looking at the theme, "2020 VISION: Refocusing, Reforming, and Restoring Public Service Values and Governance." This year's conference theme is a call to action for public service leaders to embody and exemplify ASPA's core four values; accountability and performance, professionalism, ethics and social equity in our service to the profession and to the citizenry. The theme highlights the courageous work of those who, despite the political, social and economic climax, are using their voice, research and efforts to positively affect and make a significant difference in their respective spheres of influence, communities and the nation. Twelve tracks provide a framework for the conference. The conference program committee welcomes proposals for high-quality conceptual papers, qualitative and quantitative empirical research papers, and policy- and practice-oriented papers, as well as complete panel submissions consisting of no more than four papers. Panel submissions should bring together complementary papers that address similar research questions or topics and provide information on the overall theme of the panel to indicate how each of the proposed papers connects to the panel's theme. Proposals from individuals at all stages of their careers are welcome. Proposals and poster presentations by graduate students are particularly encouraged. The deadline for submission of proposals is December 14, 2019. Email your proposals to [email protected]. Click here for more information.

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Public Voices Launches Call for Proposals

Public Voices, ASPA's Section on Historical Artistic and Reflective Expression's journal, has launched a call for proposals for a special symposium: "Homeland Security in the Trump Era: On the Border by the Sea." We invite you to analyze, deconstruct and interrogate all aspects of "borders" from Brownsville, Texas westward to San Diego, California, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific, and across international barriers—such as they exist—into Mexico. This symposium seeks to build new theoretical groundings in ways that create inclusive communities, increase citizen/public collaboration, improve governance, boost administrative prowess and enhance what we know and understand concerning the concept of border security. Submit your manuscripts online before December 31, 2019. Click here for more information.

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Section on Public Administration Research Opens Call for Nominations, Best Book Awards

ASPA's Section on Public Administration Research (SPAR) invites your nominations for its Best Book Award, welcoming nominations for books on public administration published in 2018 and 2019. The criterion for the award is a book that significantly contributes to research in public administration. All research methods are welcomed, as are books across the range of public administration research. This award will be conferred at ASPA's Annual Conference in April 2020. All nominations must be received by January 3, 2020; nominations should list the book title, author and publisher, and include a one-page summary outlining the unique contributions of the book. Please send your nominations to Alisa Moldavanova, Steven Maynard-Moody or Jen Nelles.

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National Civic League Launches 2020 All-America City Award Program

Since 1949, the National Civic League has designated 10 communities each year as All-America Cities for their outstanding civic accomplishments. The National Civic League is accepting applications for the 2020 All-America City Award, focused on enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement. They are looking for applicants with community-driven projects that reflect the concept that good health for the entire community requires a focus on mental, physical, spiritual, cultural and economic well-being. Begin your community's application today to become a 2020 All-America City! Cities, counties, towns and tribes wishing to apply have until February 19, 2020 to submit their application.

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PAR Update

PAR has updated its virtual issue of highly cited articles. A sample of articles included in the issue is as follows:

The Effect of Bureaucratic Responsiveness on Citizen Participation
Fredrik M. Sjoberg, Jonathan Mellon and Tiago Peixoto

Public Service Motivation Research: Lessons for Practice
Robert K. Christensen, Laurie Paarlberg and James L. Perry

Developing and Testing an Integrative Framework for Open Government Adoption in Local Governments
Stephan G. Grimmelikhuijsen and Mary K. Feeney

Preventing the Use of Deadly Force: The Relationship between Police Agency Policies and Rates of Officer-Involved Gun Deaths
Jay T. Jennings and Meghan E. Rubado

Corruption and State and Local Government Debt Expansion
Cheol Liu, Tima T. Moldogaziev and John L. Mikesell

Now on Early View:

Research Articles
Entrepreneurship in the Policy Process: Linking Behavior and Context through a Systematic Review of the Policy Entrepreneurship Literature
Neomi Frisch-Aviram, Itai Beeri and Nissim Cohen

A Comparative Study of Gender Representation and Social Outcomes: The Effect of Political and Bureaucratic Representation
Sanghee Park and Jiaqi Liang

The Expat Gap: Are Local‐Born Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries at a Disadvantage When Seeking Grant Funding?
Saurabh A. Lall, Li-Wei Chen and Abigayle Davidson

Perceptual Bias and Public Programs: The Case of the United States and Hospital Care
Kenneth J. Meier, Austin P. Johnson and Seung-Ho An

Corporatization in the Public Sector: Explaining the Growth of Local Government Companies
Rhys Andrews, Laurence Ferry, Chris Skelcher and Piotr Wegorowski

Cyberattacks at the Grass Roots: American Local Governments and the Need for High Levels of Cybersecurity
Donald F. Norris, Laura Mateczun, Anupam Joshi and Tim Finin

The New Ecology of Tornado Warning Information: A Natural Experiment Assessing Threat Intensity and Citizen‐to‐Citizen Information Sharing
Scott E. Robinson, Jason M. Pudlo and Wesley Wehde

Defining E‐leadership as Competence in ICT‐Mediated Communications: An Exploratory Assessment
Alexandru V. Roman, Montgomery Van Wart, XiaoHu Wang, Cheol Liu, Soonhee Kim and Alma McCarthy

Viewpoint Articles:
Topic Modeling the Research‐Practice Gap in Public Administration
Richard M. Walker, Yanto Chandra, Jiasheng Zhang and Arjen van Witteloostuijn

Towards a New Political Economy of Behavioral Public Policy
Adam Oliver

Rethinking Academic Entrepreneurship: University Governance and the Emergence of the Academic Enterprise
Michael M. Crow, Kyle Whitman and Derrick M. Anderson

A Viewpoint on Research for Social Business Entrepreneurship
Sameeksha Desai and John E. Tyler, III

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New on PA TIMES Online

Every Monday and Friday, ASPA publishes a curated collection of original content that covers public service, management and international affairs.

This quarter, we welcome submissions that focus on public finance. Send your contributions to us at any time; the deadline is rolling. Contact us for more information.

Check out our recent articles and columns:

The Redistricting Controversy in Pennsylvania and the Importance of the Public Voice: Part I
By Sean L. Ziller

The Virtue of Trust... Earned Then Confirmed
By Richard M. Jacobs

Creating a Fiscal Umbrella
By Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene

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