In June I completed a seminar on Public Sector Reform in the MPA program of the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. The aim was to review and assess the main elements of public sector reforms during the age of neoliberalism (roughly 1978 to 2008.) We had a great discussion. The question for the final short paper was: The ‘crisis of governability’ of the 1970s produced a new paradigm about the role and organization of government that guided reform over the next three decades. What do you think is the most important legacy of this period?
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Today’s Law and Public Policy class featured two speakers on the Mass state government’s policy agenda for the coming year: Rosemary Powers, Senior Director of Government Affairs in the office of Governor Deval Patrick, and Michael Morris, Principal at Beacon Strategies Group. The conversation was hosted by Greg Massing, Executive Director of the Rappaport Center. Photo, left to right: Powers, Morris, Massing.
The first student commentary produced for the Spring 2012 Rappaport Briefing is now available on rappaportbriefing.net. Written by Eva Shell, the commentary examines challenges in serving English language learners in Massachusetts. The commentaries are based on research papers written by students for my Law and Public Policy class in Fall 2011.
David Paleologos, a polling specialist and Director of Suffolk University’s Political Research Center, talked to Law and Public Policy today. Here’s a story about one of his recent polls on the New Hampshire primary.
Sam Tyler, President of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, spoke about its role in contributing to policy discussions in yesterday’s Law and Public Policy class.
Ben Forman, Research Director for MassInc, talked to my Law and Public Policy class today about the Gateway Cities program.
Jeff Mullan, former Secretary of the MA Department of Transportation, talked about the challenges of merging state agencies in today’s Law and Public Policy class.
Joan Vennochi, oped writer at the Boston Globe, talked to my Law and Public Policy class today about the changing role of the media in the policy process.