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Online course: Strategies for Governing

I’ll teach a new online course for the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy in Summer 2018: PPA 697SG Strategies for Governing.  Details about the course here.  The draft syllabus is here.  There is a four-minute introductory video here.  The course is an elective within our new one-year MPP.


Brint Milward visits with Governance & Public Affairs class

IMG_0668[1]Professor Brint Milward of the University of Arizona visited with PhD students in my Governance and Public Affairs class this morning.  Professor Milward discussed his work on dark networks as well as his working paper on the neglect of the state in public management research.

Don Kettl visits with Governance and Public Affairs class

PA010009Professor Don Kettl of the University of Maryland visited with students in my PhD course on Governance and Public Affairs this morning.  We had a great conversation, focusing mainly on Professor Kettl’s book The Next Government of the United States.

Law and Public Policy commentaries make news

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 1.06.19 PMTwo commentaries written by students in my Law and Public Policy class have proved to be newsworthy.  As this story explains, Governor Deval Patrick has just signed legislation that was discussed by Erica Mattison, JD ’13 in a commentary published in Rappaport Briefing last year.  And as this story explains, Governor Patrick has also approved regulations that would ban the shackling of inmates in labor, a practice discussed by Hilary Detmold JD ’12 in a 2012 commentary for Rappaport Briefing.  The commentaries can be read here.

DeLeo speaks to Law and Public Policy class

-20131031-056Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo talked about his work to my Law and Public Policy class this morning.  It was a great conversation.

Assessing public service reforms in the age of neoliberalism

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn 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?

Excerpts from the responses: Read more

LPP speakers address state’s policy agenda

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.

First student commentary for 2012 Rappaport Briefing now posted

The first student commentary produced for the Spring 2012 Rappaport Briefing is now available on  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 talks to Law and Public Policy class

David PaleologosDavid 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.

Tyler speaks to Law and Public Policy class

Sam TylerSam 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.