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CFP - Cannabis Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for PA
Cannabis policy is changing quickly at the state level. We contend that there are far more interesting questions regarding cannabis policy in the United States and its impact on public administration than have been touched by policy and administration scholars. The aim of this special issue is to foster greater attention to cannabis policy research within public administration. While cannabis lends itself to puns and plays on words about drug culture, we prefer titles and approaches that do not reinforce stereotypes or diminish the seriousness of cannabis policy. It is a significant industry that is reshaping American drug policy and requires rigorous social science research for understanding its implications on citizens and governance. See the attached call for details.
Draft Call for Papers: How Covid-19 Has Affected Social Inequalities
The Section for Professional and Organizational Development (SPOD) is requesting papers for a special edition of the Public Administration Quarterly that illuminates inequities in institutions since the onset of Covid-19. Some possible topics include:
• Government services and products
• Workplace relationships, such as collegial and superior-subordinate
• Financial and technological structures and processes on human systems
• Job security and promotability
• Retirement and healthcare benefits
• Community well-being and sustainability
• Leadership trust, particularly among elected and appointed leaders, in achieving social, racial, and economic equities
Please see the attached PDF for more details
A Local Programmatic Approach to Organizational Capacity: Summer Meals for Children, Federal Policy Failure, and a Threat to the Enterprise of Public Administration
MAUREEN BERNER, ALEXANDER VAZQUEZ and MEAGAN E. MCDOUGALL
PAQ, Vol. 43 No. 4,
Current proposals to devolve federal programs to states suggest local partners will continue to play a significant role in federal program delivery. Can they meet the challenge? We explore the general applicability of prior capacity research to current ground-level implementors of federal social policyâ€”local governments, school districts, and non-profits. To do so, we bring together organizational theory, concepts of capacity, and implementation science to propose a new framework for understanding organizational capacity at the local level. We ask which types of capacity are important to program implementation, and seek to identify the â€˜tippingâ€™ point at which local organizations chose to forgo or are unable to ensure program delivery. Interviews with dozens of local partners for a struggling federal food assistance program suggest that a lack of capacity at the local level, especially financial, can threaten program implementation success to the point where local partners chose to no longer offer services. When programs fail due to program design, the enterprise of public administration is brought into question.
Keywords: organizational theory, organizational capacity, hunger, social policy, program implementation
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