December 13, 2017

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In This Issue:

ASPA Announces Election Results

ASPA is pleased to announce the following individuals have been elected to ASPA's leadership positions:

  • Vice President: Kendra Stewart
  • District I Representative: Maria D'Agostino
  • District II Representative: Diane Disney
  • District III Representative: Thomas Barth
  • District IV Representative: Stephen Kleinschmit
  • District V Representative: Aziza Zemrani
  • Student Representative: Christopher Pierce

The proposed bylaws were also passed during the election, ensuring best of class governance for ASPA going forward.

The Vice President will serve on the National Council—as Vice President and President-Elect, then ascending to President. Each District Representative will serve a three-year term; the Student Representative will serve a one-year term.

We look forward to working with these leaders in the coming year.

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In Memoriam: Kelvin Esiasa

Kelvin Esiasa, founding chairman and president of the Zambia Society for Public Administration, passed away on Nov. 27, 2017. A longtime ASPA member, Founders' Fellow and stalwart supporter of Society activities, he was 35 years old.

As ASPA Past President Harvey White noted, Esiasa was known as "Mr. Public Administration" to colleagues, friends and stakeholders in that country and well beyond. White attended the recent funeral and burial services.

"I treasured Kelvin's ability to see possibilities in every situation, as well as the personal relationship we had developed over the past five years," White recalled. "He was a man of vision and tireless advocacy. I am truly grateful I was able to attend his funeral and participate in it."

Those remembering Esiasa speak of his selflessness and determination, and his ability to unite people around the globe. With 13 years' experience in education, marketing and public administration, he most recently served as assistant registrar at the Zambia Center for Accountancy Studies, in addition to his role as independent researcher, newspaper columnist, policy analyst, and business and education consultant. He was a board member of the Consortium for International Management, Policy and Development (CIMPAD), with which ASPA has partnered.

"Kelvin was a most esteemed member of ASPA and worked tirelessly to advance public service internationally," remembers ASPA Immediate Past President Susan Gooden. "He was selected as an ASPA Founders' Fellow in 2016, a competitive and highly respected recognition of his accomplishments. As president, I was honored to bestow upon him a presidential citation earlier this year for all of the support he provided to our organization. As a devoted member of ASPA and the founder of our counterpart in Zambia, Kelvin was a thought leader in the future of public administration internationally."

Esiasa was especially well known and regarded for his leadership in CIMPAD, which advances knowledge in public administration, policy and management in African countries and the diaspora. As a board member, he used his skills and talents to link African and American public service professionals and advance public service progress across the continent.

"I have gotten to know Kelvin most closely through our service on the CIMPAD board," ASPA Past President Steve Condrey said. "He was a dedicated advocate for public service, a man of vision and ideals who worked tirelessly to bring that vision to life. His death has taken from us a young public administrator whose amazing future we can now only imagine. He will be missed tremendously."

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Webinars, BookTalks and Student Series on the Horizon

ASPA's professional development webinars are ongoing throughout the year. Averaging 75 attendees per webinar and free to ASPA members, these e-learning opportunities provide you with valuable insights and information at your fingertips. Visit our website to stay in the loop about all upcoming webinars, BookTalks and Student Series.

Student Webinar: Communicating Effectively
Dec. 14 | 1 p.m. ET
Fernando Figueredo, Florida International University
Ana-Maria Dimand, Moderator, Florida International University

Communications skills are in long demand and short supply—and are essential for your future career, whether you choose an academic or practitioner path. Join us for this discussion about effective communications and learn more about how invaluable these skills can be.

BookTalk: Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Jan. 16, 2018 | 1 p.m. ET
Charles Coe, School of Public and International Affairs, North Carolina State University
Bruce McDonald, Moderator School of Public and International Affairs, North Carolina State University

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, this book explores both traditional public administration functions and organizational concepts. The stories ground and give meaning to the book's review of principles and best practices.

Local Accountability in the Age of Preemption
Jan. 17 | 1:00-2:15 p.m. ET
In Partnership with the Center for Accountability and Performance

The National League of Cities is partnering with ASPA's Center for Accountability and Performance to produce this webinar exploring the far-reaching and unprecedented effects of punitive bills that limit the power and autonomy of local governments. State legislatures have introduced, and will again, a significant number of preemption bills designed to stop local action and authority across a broad range of issues. What does this mean for local government performance?

Student Webinar: Cultivating Connections: Faculty-Student Engagement in Research
Jan. 18 | 1 p.m. ET
Nicole Rishel Elias, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Peter Federman, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas

Do you want to engage with faculty outside of the classroom? Have you thought about attending conferences and publishing your work? Are you interested in improving your communication, research and networking skills? This workshop will help you learn how to build relationships with faculty and create opportunities to assist with cutting-edge research.

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Focus on Membership: Bringing You Back into the Fold

Do you have a friend or colleague who was a member of ASPA in previous years but isn't any longer? Would two free months of membership encourage them to come back into the community? Make sure you forward this email to whomever you want to take advantage of this special year-end offer!

If a former member reinstates her or his lapsed membership by Dec. 31, 2017 she or he will receive 14 months of membership for the price of 12—providing an additional two months of access to Public Administration Review, PA TIMES magazine, more than 100 hours of e-learning opportunities and so much more.

As public service practitioners and educators, you know how important it is to coalesce around a collective whole. Every member has a shared importance to the group's success, which is why we need everyone's voice. While this offer does not apply to current members (Sorry—but we have a different offer for you! Ask what it is!), we hope you will encourage those in your department or office to consider becoming a member of ASPA once again and getting involved for the new year. We think it will be a great one!

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ASPA Selects 2018 Founders' Fellows

The ASPA Founders' Fellows class of 2018 has been announced, showcasing the 25 individuals chosen for this prestigious program.

The Founders' Fellows program recognizes outstanding students and new professionals (within three years of their graduation) in the field of public service and public administration. Following a competitive review process, Founders' Fellows present their scholarship during the ASPA Annual Conference, receive substantial professional development and networking opportunities, and are paired with a seasoned scholar or practitioner who serves as their mentor for their Fellowship year.

The following individuals have been selected:

  • Ian Adams (University of Utah)
  • Jessica Alcorn (University of Georgia)
  • Saud Alotaibi (University of North Texas)
  • Lyndsay Bates (University of Baltimore)
  • Neomi Frisch Aviram (University of Haifa)
  • Yuliya Harris (Wayne State University)
  • Josephine Hazelton (California State University—Stanislaus)
  • Nuri Heckler (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Trang Hoang (University of Texas—Dallas)
  • Vaiva Kalesnikaite (Florida International University)
  • Hannah Lebovits (Cleveland State University)
  • Zehavit Levitats (University of Haifa)
  • Sarah McGuire (Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation)
  • Monica Yamel Naime S Henkel (Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas)
  • Julius Nukpezah (Mississippi State University)
  • Blanca Rand (Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency and George Mason University)
  • Wen-Chi Shie (Florida State University)
  • Iuliia Shybalkina (Syracuse University)
  • Cristina Stanica (University of Delaware)
  • Nathan Teklemariam (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Maren Trochmann (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Shilpa Viswanath (Rutgers University—Newark)
  • Nicole Wesley (Louisiana State University)
  • Chaitanya Yadav (University of Texas—Dallas)
  • Sasha Zapata (Rhode Island Quality Institute)

The 2018 Founders' Fellows will receive a complimentary 2018 Annual Conference registration, a year-long mentorship with a seasoned practitioner or senior scholar and complementary lodging in the conference hotel. Travel to the conference location in Denver, meals and incidentals are the responsibility of the Fellow or sponsoring organization.

"ASPA's Founders' Fellows program is one of the best ways for new public administration professionals to expand their networks, participate in groundbreaking research and learn from some of the biggest names in the field," commented Founders' Fellows Committee Chair Galia Cohen. "We are very pleased with the caliber of the incoming Fellows and look forward to helping them have a productive year in the program."

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Include ASPA in Your End of Year Giving

2017 has been a year marked by change, challenges and uncertainty. But for all of us committed to the public good—as scholars, practitioners, students and new professionals—we know this: The need for effective, efficient and equitable public service is greater than ever.

Bridging our practitioner and academic communities. Providing the welcoming place for our next generation of public service leaders to gain the professional skills they need for a successful career. Sharing proven ways to strengthen our practice and scholarship . . . and celebrating those who do it every day. That is what ASPA is all about.

As 2017 draws to a close, please consider making ASPA part of your year-end charitable giving. Our legacy is significant, our potential even more so. But, we cannot achieve it alone. Your support is absolutely essential to ensuring the future of ASPA and public service. Your tax-deducible gift will provide us with critical resources to strengthen our professional development programming for the next generation of public service leaders. It will enhance ASPA’s technological capacity. Most important, it will support continued innovation and activities that fulfill our mission of advancing excellence in public service.

Whether you choose to make a one-time gift—cash or assets—or a recurring one, know that any amount is welcome . . . and that we have made the process easier than ever. Simply click here to fill out the form.

For ASPA, your support will help ensure that the next generation of leaders make us their professional home. For the public we serve, your investment will send a clear message that public service is a noble calling, that our work matters each and every day, and that there is much more we can accomplish together. More than ever, ASPA must have the resources to serve as a strong voice in support of those values.

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ASPA 2018 Annual Conference Less Than Three Months Away

Panelists and workshop speakers have been announced; Presidential Panels are being confirmed; Founders' Fellows are making their plans, as are sponsors, exhibitors and more. Are you planning to be at ASPA's 2018 Annual Conference, this March 9-13 in Denver?

Just a few highlights of this year's event will include:

  • More than 150 panel and workshop presentations to provide you with the cutting-edge knowledge you need to stay on top of your game
  • A Welcome Reception at the Denver Aquarium—a great way to connect with your fellow attendees, make new friends and catch up with your colleagues
  • A 30-booth exhibit hall (check the current list here!) featuring publishing houses, universities and more, all looking to help you with your needs
  • Eight Presidential Panels, looking at the most pressing issues of the day in public administration
  • Five plenaries and lectures from the biggest names in the discipline, showcasing hot topics and critical issues

ASPA's early-bird deadline expires Jan. 19. Register in the next several weeks and save yourself a seat at the biggest, most important public administration event of the year!

Keep an eye on and #ASPA2018 on Twitter for up-to-date news and information.

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COMPA Annual Conference Call for Papers Expires Dec. 17

The Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) invites you to join them for their annual conference, Feb. 12-14, 2018 in Los Angeles. This year's theme is, "Inspiring Leadership During Challenging Times." The Call for Papers expires in less than one week. Review the information, including information about best paper awards, online here. All conference papers submitted will be reviewed for publication in a special symposium edition of either the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy or the Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior. Click here for more information.

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SENRA Student Paper Competition Ongoing

ASPA's Section on Environment and Natural Resource Administration (SENRA) invites students in graduate programs to submit their papers on any environmental topic for consideration in the Section's 2017 student paper competition. Faculty members can also nominate student paper(s) for submission. The best written paper will be awarded a prize of $200 and the author will receive a certificate of recognition from SENRA at ASPA's 2018 Annual Conference. The deadline for receiving papers is Dec. 31, 2017. Click here for more information.

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GSU Lowers Fees for Government Finance Classes

The Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) at Georgia State University has lowered its fees for its remaining 2017-18 public finance courses:

  • 2-day classes are now $350—previously $665
  • 3-day classes are now $500—previously $985
  • 4-day classes are now $700—previously $1,315

CSLF took this action to ensure more government leaders—and aspiring leaders—have access to in-depth instruction and vital networking opportunities, as part of its executive education program. Upcoming winter courses include Debt Management (deadline Jan. 9) and Treasury and Investment Management (deadline Feb. 21). For details and registration information, visit

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Nominations Open for 2018 Innovations in American Government Awards

Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation announces its 2018 Innovations in American Government Awards, honoring all levels of government: federal, state, local, tribal and territorial. The Innovations Award is seeking innovative programs, policies and initiatives specifically related to expanding employment opportunities, skills training and development, job placement and retention, wage advancement, entrepreneurialism, equitable economic development, poverty alleviation, wealth building and financial literacy and empowerment. The winner of the Innovations in American Government Award will receive a $50,000 prize to support replication and dissemination activities, and will have a case study written about their work. All nominations are due Jan. 12, 2018. Click here for more information.

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Call for Proposals: Public Finance and the New Economy

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University is seeking paper proposals for a conference, "Public Finance and the New Economy." The field of public finance is faced with challenges and opportunities arising from the new economy, sharing economy, data analytics and artificial intelligence. The Andrew Young School invites papers that examine how these changes affect the public sector, as well as how the public sector is adapting. All proposals are due Feb. 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

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Call for Papers: The Future of Public Service Symposium

Suffolk University in Boston has issued the following call for papers for a symposium sponsored with ASPA, "The Future of Public Service: Advancing the Civil Society through Partnership Government," to take place May 31, 2018. This dialogue will explore the next frontier of public service: partnership government. It will focus on a broad vision of public service grounded in the principles of the civil society, the common good, service to others and social equity, exploring the need for public service organizations and other actors to recognize and embrace the interdependence that is necessary to succeed as partners in an era of fundamental challenges to the role of government itself. Decisions will be made beginning Feb. 1, 2018 and proposals may be submitted and considered on a rolling basis thereafter. Click here for more information.

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2018 IASIA-LAGPA Conference Announced for July

The International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) and the Latin American Group for Public Administration (LAGPA), in close collaboration with SERVIR—Autoridad Nacional del Servicio Civil and Universidad Católica Sedes Sapientiae—are organising the 2018 IASIA-LAGPA Joint Conference to be held July 23-26, 2018 in Lima, Peru. The main theme will be, "Globalization, Territories and Integration". The conference will bring together practitioners, academics, Ph.D. students and young researchers in public administration and management to exchange on current and ongoing topics and concerns. The Call for Papers has been released; abstracts are due Feb. 15, 2018. Click here for more information.

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Syracuse 2017 E-PARCC Competition Underway

E-PARCC is a project of the "Collaborative Governance Initiative" launched in 2007 by the Syracuse University Maxwell School's Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC). E-PARCC provides free online resources for those who teach collaborative public management, networks and public management, collaborative governance, international development and collaborative problem solving around the world. This year, Syracuse is happy to announce the Glendal E. and Alice D. Wright Prize Fund for Conflict and Collaboration Case Studies in International Development, a new competition for cases in Development in Transition and Conflict Societies: Effective Use of Collaborative Methods in International Development. All case studies and teaching simulations are due by March 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

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2018 IIAS Congress

IIAS has announced its 2018 Congress will be in Tunis, Tunisia, June 25-29, 2018. Focusing on a theme of administrative resilience, IIAS has released its Call for Papers and has launched its conference website at Click here for more information.

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University of Alaska and University of Mongolia Secure Memo of Understanding

The National University of Mongolia (NUM) and University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as a means of fostering enhanced research collaboration and laying the groundwork for future faculty/student exchanges. The MOU was developed and initiated by each institution's public administration departments, which are seeking to build upon existing collaborative efforts in the study and practice of public administration.Three ASPA International Chapter members led the effort to make the MOU a reality: Prof. Burmaa Natsag (NUM), Lecturer Baatar (NUM) and John Duffy (UAA).

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Welcome New Members!
Click here to view this month's list of new ASPA members!

PAR Update

The latest articles from Public Administration Review are available in the Wiley Online Library.
Unlinked articles are not posted online yet. Check with PAR's Early View to see what's available in the days ahead.

Be sure to check out 20 of the most cited PAR articles from 2016, currently unlocked for easier access:

Now on Early View:

Who Engages in the Coproduction of Local Public Services and Why? The Case of Atlanta, Georgia
Kelechi Uzochukwu and John Clayton Thomas
Version of Record online: 11 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12893

Politics of Disclosure: Organizational Transparency as Multiactor Negotiation
Maximilian Heimstädt and Leonhard Dobusch
Version of Record online: 11 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12895

State Agencies' Use of Administrative Data for Improved Practice: Needs, Challenges, and Opportunities
Scott W. Allard, Emily R. Wiegand, Colleen Schlecht, A. Rupa Datta, Robert M. Goerge and Elizabeth Weigensberg
Version of Record online: 26 NOV 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12883

Rocky Mountain Evidence: Using Data to Drive Colorado State Government
Ann Renaud Avila
Version of Record online: 22 NOV 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12885

Does the Motivation for Market-Based Reform Matter? The Case of Responsibility-Centered Management
Amanda Rutherford and Thomas Rabovsky
Version of Record online: 16 NOV 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12884

The Persistence of Prosocial Work Effort as a Function of Mission Match
William G. Resh, John D. Marvel and Bo Wen
Version of Record online: 16 NOV 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12882

Network Structure and Governance Performance: What Makes a Difference?
Hongtao Yi
Version of Record online: 16 NOV 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12886

Table of Contents: Volume 78, Issue 1 The latest articles from Public Administration Review are always available in the Wiley Online Library.
Unlinked articles are not posted online yet. Check with PAR's Early View to see what's available in the days ahead.

Transition and Plotting a Course
Jeremy L. Hall & R. Paul Battaglio

Welcome PAR's New Editorial Team
R. Paul Battaglio & Jeremy L. Hall

Thank You and Welcome: Editorial Board Update
R. Paul Battaglio & Jeremy L. Hall


Decreasing Improper Payments in a Complex Federal Program
Robert A. Greer and Justin B. Bullock
Version of Record online: 9 JUL 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12809

Perceived Organizational Red Tape and Organizational Performance in Public Services
Christian Botcher Jacobsen and Mads Leth Jakobsen
Version of Record online: 24 JUL 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12817

Accountability and Coalitions: Evidence from a Negotiation Experiment
Robin Bouwman, Sandra van Thiel, Ad van Deemen and Etienne Rouwette
Version of Record online: 9 OCT 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12858

Does Perceived Societal Impact Moderate the Effect of Transformational Leadership on Value Congruence? Evidence from a Field Experiment
Ulrich Thy Jensen
Version of Record online: 25 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12852

Managerial Ambivalence and Electronic Civic Engagement: The Role of Public Manager Beliefs and Perceived Needs
Fengxiu Zhang and Mary K. Feeney
Version of Record online: 21 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12853

How Leadership and Public Service Motivation Enhance Innovative Behavior
Qing Miao, Alexander Newman, Gary Schwarz and Brian Cooper
Version of Record online: 26 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12839

The Public Service Mutual: Theories of Motivational Advantage
Julian Le Grand and Jonathan Roberts
Version of Record online: 5 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12819

Unfunded Mandates and Fiscal Structure: Empirical Evidence from a Synthetic Control Model
Justin M. Ross
Version of Record online: 1 NOV 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12867

Top Management Turnover: The Role of Governing Board Structures
Amanda Rutherford and Jon Lozano
Version of Record online: 7 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12838

The Persistence of Prosocial Work Effort as a Function of Mission Match
William G. Resh, John D. Marvel and Bo Wen
Version of Record online: 16 NOV 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12882

Organizational Response to Changing Demands: Predicting Behavior in Donor Networks
Khaldoun AbouAssi and Mary Tschirhart
Version of Record online: 13 JUN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12786

Commentary: Donor Networks and NGOs: A Strategic Response Model
Lamia Moubayed Bissat
Version of Record online: 7 NOV 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12870

Why Do Nonprofit Performing Arts Organizations Offer Free Public Access?
Mirae Kim, Sheela Pandey and Sanjay K. Pandey
Version of Record online: 4 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12769

PAR's (and ASPA's) Contribution to Public Administration Internationally
Andrew Podger

Rocky Mountain Evidence: Using Data to Drive Colorado State Government
Ann Renaud Avila


Erica Kohl-Arenas. The Self-Help Myth: How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty (University of California Press 2015) 260 pp. $26.55 (paper), ISBN: 978-052028344
Kristi Andrasik, The Cleveland Foundation

Herrington J. Bryce, Nonprofits as Policy Solutions to the Burden of Government (Walter de DeGruyter, Inc., 2017) 273 pp. $39.99 (paper) ISBN: 978-1-5015-1473-9
Michelle Wooddell, Grand Valley State University

Trevor L. Brown, Matthew Potoski and David M. Van Slyke, Complex Contracting: Government Purchasing in the Wake of the US Coast Guard's Deepwater Program (Cambridge, 2013). 268 pp. $43.81 (Hardcover) ISBN: 978-1107038622
Eric Martin, Bucknell University

Abraham Unger, Business Improvement Districts in the United States: Private Government and Public Consequences. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). 206 pp. $129 (Hardcover) ISBN:9783319322933
Haris Alibasic, University of West Florida

Andrew Podger and John Wanna (Eds.). Sharpening The Sword Of State: Building Executive Capacities In The Public Services Of The Asia-Pacific (Acton, Australia: Australia National University Press, 2016). 529 pp. $45 (paper) ISBN: 978-1760460723
Evan Berman, Victoria University of Wellington

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New on PA TIMES Online

Every Tuesday 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 evidence-based decisionmaking. Send your contributions to us now! The deadline is rolling; contact us for more information.

Check out our recent articles and columns:

Driving a City’s Financial Recovery: An Interview with Detroit CFO John Hill (Part II)
By Jason Juffras

Moral Courage in Public Service: Lessons from the Life of Susan B. Anthony
By Terry Newell

How to Prevent Soft-targeting in Government Performance Management Systems
By Prajapati Trivedi

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