Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Can the Voice of Practitioners Be Further Amplified in Public Administration Revi...

Can the Voice of Practitioners Be Further Amplified in Public Administration Review?

So many academic journals are just that—academic. But not Public Administration Review (PAR), which has long valued the perspective of those who toil in the fields of government. Such has been the case since the PAR’s inception in 1940, when a former Civil Service Commission employee, Leonard White, became PAR’s first editor, and chose the […]

Why Trump’s Government Overhaul Won’t W...

Why Trump’s Government Overhaul Won’t Work

The executive order issued by President Donald Trump yesterday has a goal nearly every citizen and legislator would cheer: to “improve the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of the executive branch.” What’s not to like? The executive branch is an organizational basket case, and it sorely needs a re-think. For 238 years, citizen legislators and presidents […]

How to Put the “Most Complete and Effectual Weapon” Back in Their Ha...

How to Put the “Most Complete and Effectual Weapon” Back in Their Hands

Indubitably, our nation’s finances are a mess. America has run deficits 36 of the past 40 years. The national debt is $18 trillion, and it has tripled as a percentage of GDP since 1974. Each February, the President rolls out his budget—a collection of tomes loaded with tables and text attempting to explain the government’s […]

For Regulatory Reform, Look to Congr...

For Regulatory Reform, Look to Congress

It is rare that we get a glimpse at the guiding principles that motivate a president and his team, but White House senior adviser Stephen Bannon’s recent remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference may have provided unique insight into the Trump administration’s operations and goals. For conservatives, it was a mixed bag. Bannon’s emphasis […]

My New Book “Moonshine: A Global History” Now Is Availa...

My New Book “Moonshine: A Global History” Now Is Available

No matter where you go on earth, there is moonshine. It has been made from just about every imaginable foodstuff: grapes, grain, raw sugar, tree bark, horse milk and more. College students in the developed world drink it; so do day labourers in the world’s poorest slums and villages. All moonshine has two characteristics: it […]

Will Trump Sign Postal Reform Legislati...

Will Trump Sign Postal Reform Legislation?

The House of Representatives took up postal reform legislation this week, a decade after Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which was supposed to shore up the U.S. Postal Service for the 21st century. It didn’t work out that way. Shortly after President George W. Bush signed the law, the economy tanked, as […]

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