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An old comment on CIVICUS

Comments from e-CIVICUS 304 Poll Question

By Heidi Jane M. Smith, Inter-American Foundation (www.iaf.gov) comments: Do you think that civil society is doing enough to strengthen global Information and Communications Technology policy formulation? Results from 94 CIVICUS voters say “no” suggesting with clear 86 percent majority, that they should do more. It’s a chronic failure for civil society representatives to think they do not work together or hard enough; yet it is their biggest achievement when they do.

Consequently, on 8 September 2006, Federal Computer Week, (www.fcw.com) a US based Web publication for federal employees and business that works with the American government, published, 'Army of bloggers' helps Senate pass bill, an article highlighting the grassroots efforts of programmers Do you have a friend who works for a more just world? and computer gurus to keep the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (S. 2590) alive. Would you like to share this “The …

Florida International University Shows Strong Presence at LASA

FIU Shows Strong Presence at LASA
Friday, Oct 15 2010
http://casgroup.fiu.edu/lacc/news.php?id=1911

Florida International University Shows Strong Presence at Latin American Studies Association XXIX International CongressThe XXIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) was held in Toronto, Canada from October 6-9, 2010. LASA is the largest professional association in the world for those engaged in the study of Latin America.With over 5,500 members, 35 % of whom reside outside the US, LASA brings together experts from across the globe and from all disciplines.This year’s congress attracted nearly 4,000 participants and highlighted three major themes: “Crisis, Response and Recovery,” the “Independence Bicentennial,” and the “Centennial of the Mexican Revolution.” Among the many attendees from prestigious Latin American, Canadian, European and American universities were associated faculty and administrators of the Latin American and Caribbean Center …

Meet the Finalists of the Sustainable Urban Housing Competition

On Changemakers.com Web site
We are thrilled to announce 11 finalists chosen from nearly 300 entries in Ashoka’s Changemakers Sustainable Urban Housing: Collaborating for Liveable and Inclusive Cities competition.After careful deliberation, an international panel of expert judges recognized these top finalists as the most innovative, scalable entries that tackle the critical shortage in affordable, sustainable, and inclusive urban housing.“These finalists’ solutions will stimulate economic growth, combat poverty, and build environmentally savvy, transit-rich, walkable urban cities,” said Benjamin de la Peña, associate director for urban development at the Rockefeller Foundation. “They will unleash economic opportunities for the urban poor by creating inclusive developments around the world for years to come.”Now we turn the decision over to you. Now through 6 April 2011, YOU can vote to determine the three winners that will be awarded US $10,000 each to continue to …

XVII Conferencia Interamericana de Alcaldes y Autroidades Locales

XVII Conferencia Interamericana de Alcaldes y Autoridades Locales
“Los Retos de la Democracia, el Desarrollo y la Prestación de Servicios:
El Nuevo Rol de los Gobiernos Locales de las Américas”
6 al 9 de Junio de 2011 • Miami, Florida
www.ipmcs.fiu.edu • e-mail: ipmcs@fiu.eduLa Conferencia es un excelente foro anual donde se reúnen representantes de gobiernos locales, regionales y nacionales, ONGs, organismos y agencias multilaterales y todos aquellos interesados en el fortalecimiento de los gobiernos locales para compartir experiencias, información y mejores prácticas, para discutir políticas públicas y objetivos comunes que ayuden al fortalecimiento de los gobiernos locales y a la promoción de la descentralización en el hemisferio.La conferencia analiza la situación de los gobiernos locales de nuestro hemisferio y el estado de las relaciones intergubernamentales, reconociendo la importancia de las tareas pendientes. Además, tendremos sesiones que examinarán el fortalecimiento d…

The future of the state...

Text from a Special Report by the Economist:

"The shape of the state could be the main issue in America’s presidential election next year. Even left-wing governments are increasingly looking at the spending side of the ledger. Globalisation is another. Commerce has proved stickier than the proponents of borderless capitalism proclaimed in the 1990s, but it is less sticky than it was. The mobility of talent, technology and capital surely puts some limit on governments’ ability to keep on raising taxes. Government is becoming a more competitive business, not just in terms of lower spending but also in what it offers for the money.Above all, the incremental benefits of ever bigger government, even assuming it was somehow affordable, become ever smaller. Decent-sized government can reduce inequality and poverty, but most of the evidence is that gargantuan government merely gets in the way of social progress. A state that takes up more than half the economy begins …

A Discussion of Temporality, Critical Junctures, and Path Dependency

“At every step along the way there [are choices]—political and economic—that provide…real alternatives. Path dependency is a way to narrow conceptually the choices set and link decision-making through time. It is not a story of inevitability in which the past predicts the future.” -Douglass North
Methodology is the means in which to study and determine how and why a phenomenon occurred. Social scientists use rigorous deductive logic to develop both intuitive and counterintuitive hypotheses about the dynamics of causal mechanisms. There are three predominate methods used in the social sciences today, they include: using statistical analysis as a purely quantitative approach; two, using case studies in a comparative perspective; and third, and finally, creating formal modeling (George and Bennett, 2005). Inductive logic is used for theory building. Etymologically these are all the same, you look at what are the implication of actions, but the focus, however, is still on how you go about …

The History of American Public Administration

Discuss the trends that American Public Administration has gone through with respect to its development as a field of study. In the course of your answer, discuss the theoretical approaches that have had impact on the field and analyze their contributions (and their detriments) to the development of the field. As a result of your evaluation, discuss where the field is going next and what you expect to come out of this next stage in the field’s evolution. Public Administration is broadly defined as the study, development and implementation of governmental policies and structures. In general, the field is concerned with providing public goods to the people it serves in a democratic and efficient way. In the United States, the academic field was established in the 19th century with the foundational essay by Wilson (1887), the “Study of Administration,” where he argued for the separation of politics from administration. In a sense, the field of public administration consists of three princ…

The political/administrative dichotomy

Discuss in some detail the major theoretical perspectives listed below. In this discussion, first, identify the position of these perspectives towards the politics/administration dichotomy. Second, highlight the most important empirical propositions stemming from these theories and whether the research in the field supports these propositions.1.1. Political Control of Bureaucracy1.2. Representative Bureaucracy The study of the bureaucracy is at the heart of public administration, given that it is the organism that executes the policies created by the politicians. Theories of Political Control of Bureaucracy and Representative Bureaucracy originate from the foundational writings in the field—namely Wilson’s (1887) dichotomy of administration from politics and Waldo’s (1947) rebuttal statement that “Administration is politics.” Particularly these theories stem from how much influence politics has on the bureaucracy in the policy-making process. This essay will first provide the epistemol…