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Despite discussion in the literature of “new governance,” the self-standing government agency continues to constitute the institutional center of American public administration. Drawing on his volume Mission Mystique, the author proposes that the book’s concept of mystique and its template of...
Drawing on unpublished documents from his personal archive at Yale University, this article explains how social psychologist and political scientist Stanley Milgram’s new baseline procedure both coerced and tempted most participants into completing his so-called Obedience to Authority (OTA)...
Public participation is essential to a functioning democracy, as rule by the people presumes that citizens will take some responsibility for a properly functioning society. This article reports on a 2006 survey of citizen participation in appointed public volunteer boards, a widely used but...
A number of recent studies have argued that municipal governments have so significantly modified elements of their form of government that it is now difficult to distinguish form. However, none of these studies considers the influence of state government on these choices. This study uses a...
Most state governments issue general obligation (GO) bonds in the financial market to borrow money. Assigned by credit agencies, state GO bond ratings reflect states’ perceived credit quality and affect their borrowing costs. Despite many studies on the determinants of municipal bond ratings,...
In response to recent budget and program cuts, assessment reports may more than ever determine the viability of government-funded programs. Generated by agencies to justify further funding, assessment reports develop, measure, and detail the knowledge that workshop participants receive. Writing...
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