Public policy issues often garner the
most attention in times of crisis, when the president issues sweeping
executive orders or foreign policy directives or Congress passes significant
legislation. Long after the media spotlight has passed, however, governments
must confront the more mundane details of how to make these policies work.
How can government be made more effective
and efficient? How do we make it more responsive and accountable? This
section is devoted to such issues of program administration and reform.
It focuses on issues related to the distribition of power -- like campaign
finance reform, term limits, and devolution of decision making authority
from the federal to the state and local levels. It also focuses on efforts
to make government simply work better -- including both controversial
issues, like privatization of public services, and less controversial ones
like the measuring the performance of public agencies to ascertain whether
they are accomplishing their intended objectives.
- Political Magazines: The Almanac's links to political and public policy magazine sites.
- Public Policy Jobs: Sites listing public policy, lobbying, and media jobs in government and at major national organizations.
- Questia: Search over 400,000 books and journals at Questia online.
- AEI-Brookings Project on the Independent Counsel Statute
- Brookings Institution - Continuity of Government Commission: In the fall of 2002, the Continuity of Government Commission was launched to study and make recommendations for the continuity of our government institutions after a catastrophic attack.
- Brookings Institution - Corruption and Poor Public Governance
- Brookings Institution - Governance Study Program: The Governance Studies Program explores the formal and informal political institutions of the United States and other regimes to assess how they govern, how their practices compare, and how citizens and public servants can advance sound governance.
- Brookings Institution - Government's Greatest Achievements: From Civil Rights to Homeland Security was designed to understand what the federal government has most actively endeavored to do since World War II, identify the top achievements among its goals, and use its agenda from the past to weigh its most pressing priorities for the future.
- Brookings Institution - National Commission on the Public Service (Volcker Commission)
- Brookings Institution - Presidential Appointee Initiative
- Cato Institute - Government and Politics
- Cato Institute - Limited Government
- Cato Institute - Separation of Powers
- Center for Public Service: CPS is committed to rigorous research and practical recommendations for making public service more attractive, be it in traditional government settings, nonprofit agencies, or in the growing number of private firms that provide services once delivered inside government.
- Citizens Against Government Waste: A private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing more than one million members and supporters to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the US federal government.
- Heritage Foundation - Government Reform
- Heritage Foundation - Political Philosophy
- Hoover Institution - Accountability of Government to Society
- Urban Institute - Assessing the New Federalism
- Public and Private Agencies Need to Manage for Results, Not Just Measure Them: Harry P. Hatry, a national expert on performance measurement, provides examples of nonprofit and government agencies that have installed and used systematic processes to regularly monitor and improve the quality of their services to the public. Service improvement, not merely measurement, is the central theme. The author also introduces a recently released series of six guides on how nonprofits and government agencies can develop key outcome measures and manage for results. (Urban Institute: 08/31/04)