Following West Virginia University’s involvement in transition planning for incoming Gov. Jim Justice, a multi-disciplinary group at the university has continued to look at ways government can be made more efficient, and not incidentally, less expensive. The collaboratively produced report that included Dr. Christopher Plein, as a co-author, represents WVU’s recent effort to take “a moment to listen and learn.” The study authors say their goal is to provide “a roadmap of essential questions to consider in assessing and reviewing current local government structures and their role in providing effective and accountable services to the citizens of West Virginia. In doing so, we offer some ideas and observations for a more sustained and rigorous discussion about governmental modernization.”
Dr. Plein was featured in a piece about the best and worst states for doctors. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-for-doctors/11376/#christopher-plein
You are invited to the Book Release and Conversation about When the Levees Break: Re-Visioning Regulations for the Securities Markets by Professors Jena Martin (College of Law) and Karen Kunz (Department of Public Administration)
Tuesday April 25, 2017 4pm Greenbrier Room, Mountainlair.
Reception immediately following.
Reimagine how we invest and regulate investment markets
For the 2017 session of the West Virginia Legislature, Benjamin Spurlock, a graduate student in public administration, was selected as a Rollins Scholar. He is assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. A Dunbar, W.Va. native, Spurlock served as a 2014 Frasure-Singleton Intern for the state legislature. Walter Rollins Scholars participate in the lawmaking process by researching relevant issues, preparing for floor deliberations and monitoring legislative activity.
Professor of Public Administration Christopher Plein is the WVU faculty contact for Rollins Scholars.
Congratulations to the three MPA students, Leah Cunningham, Sam Richardson, and Courtni Helmick, who participated in the second annual NASPAA/Batten Policy Simulation Competition. During the daylong competition for graduate students at NASPAA schools to work together to solve a complex public policy problem by using a simulation. The simulation emulates the process of solving real world problems while offering a distinctive experience to students. Food Security was this year’s global simulation competition theme a fundamental aspect of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) “to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030.”
When our students aren’t in the classroom, they’re learning in the real world. Because sometimes it’s these experiences that make the best lessons. For Master of Public Administration student Ashley Morgan, that meant interning in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs in Fall 2016. There, it was her duty to assist the office staff as they worked with senators and representatives. Morgan received support for her internship from the Eberly College of Arts & Sciences A. Keith & Sandra F. McClung Enrichment Endowment. http://eberly.wvu.edu/news-events/eberly-news/2017/02/21/shape-your-destiny-ashley-morgan
Associate Professor of Public Administration Margaret Stout’s new book, “A Radically Democratic Response to Global Governance,” presents a critique of dominant governance theories grounded in an understanding of existence as a static, discrete mechanistic process. In her book, Stout develops a typology of four dominant approaches to governance, a systematic analysis of each approach and an alternative approach called Integrative Governance.
Last century financial regulations no match for today’s market. An ineffective “top-down patchwork” of regulations will not save the United States economy from the next big and inevitable financial crisis.
That’s the premise of a new book by West Virginia University professors Karen Kunz and Jena Martin. http://eberly.wvu.edu/news-events/eberly-news/2017/01/12/last-century-financial-regulations-no-match-for-today-s-market