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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
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Does Size Count Down Under? Australian School Performance, School Size and Public Policy
JOSEPH DREW, MICHAEL A. KORTT and GLENN FAHEY
PAQ, Vol. 43 No. 4,
In principle, education research might be expected to yield evidence on the determinants of success that could then be used to inform public policy. However, if key determinants are missing from empirical specifications, then public policy decisions may well be made in a vacuum. Moreover, if empirical work is informed by disparate conceptual approaches, then public policies may be formulated, which ultimately work at cross-purposes. We examine the issue of school size from both the economic and the ecological perspective. Our regressions on a seven year panel of Australian data suggest that there is a trade-off to be made between efficiency on the one hand, and the desire to lift academic standards on the other. Failure to consider the question of school size from both economic and ecological perspectives means that an important public policy lever has largely gone unrecognised in Australia. We conclude our essay with a consideration of the public policy implications arising from our work.
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