Posts Tagged ‘CPAP’


High Table 2012

June 7, 2012

Policy Analysis (for the ’11)

January 27, 2011

It may not look like spring, but it’s that time of year again – last week was the first for my PAPA 6224: Policy Design, CPAP’s introductory policy analysis course, which I’m teaching this year for the sixth(!) time. Here’s the syllabus if you’re interested. And, if that’s not enough, a copy of the first week’s slides. Fun!

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Observing Public Organizations

August 17, 2010

Washington, DC - December 1941 - John Colliear (FSA)

Fall again, so soon! This semester I’m offering a new course PAPA 6254 – Observing Public Organizations. The title seems a little self-explanatory, but check out the syllabus if you’re curious.


High Table 2010

March 31, 2010

Last weekend was the Center for Public Administration & Policy’s annual High Table celebration in Blacksburg, VA. The CPAP faithful marched for the 25th year. Our guest speaker was Oxford University’s Christopher Hood.  I posted some pictures here.


Charles Goodsell

December 3, 2009

Charles Goodsell discussing Alexandria's City Council Chamber

A quick photo from CPAP Professor Emeritus Charles Goodsell’s visit to Alexandria to discuss his book The Social Meaning of Civic Space: Studying Political Authority through Architecture (University Press of Kansas, 1988), a study of 75 city council chambers from around the U.S.. During Goodsell’s visit, CPAP MPA student and City of Alexandria budget analyst Morgan Routt gave us a quick tour of Alexandria’s city council chamber – a classic example of a midcentury chamber.

The chamber shows only small changes from the photo Goodsell took 25 years ago as he was doing the research. From the collection of Goodsell’s photos available online from the Virginia Tech archives:

Alexandria City Council Chamber, September 1982

Thanks Professor Goodsell!



November 16, 2009

A busy week at CPAP Alexandria:

Wednesday (11/18) – 6:45pm – Transparency Talks

Barend Jansen, Associate Legal Council, International Monetary Fund

Mr. Jansen will talk about financial institutions and the Fund’s policies on transparency in a context of crisis.

Location: 1021 Prince Street, Library Room (3rd Floor)

The Transparency Talks series is being coordinated by SPIA faculty members Matt Dull (CPAP) and Giselle Datz (GIA) to explore the dimensions of transparency as a reform imperative across a range of governmental and market settings. To learn more about the series – or to receive updates about future Transparency Talks, email:

Thursday (11/19) – Professor Charles Goodsell

CPAP Professor Emeritus Charles Goodsell discusses his book The Social Meaning of Civic Space: Studying Political Authority through Architecture (University Press of Kansas, 1988).

  • 2:00-4:00pm – Professor Goodsell available by appointment
  • 5:15-6:00pm – Tour of Alexandria City Council Chamber
  • 6:30-8:00pm – PAPA 6524: Discussion of Observation and Interpretation in The Social Meaning of Civic Space

A number of photos taken by Professor Goodsell during his research on city council chambers, statehouses, and parliamentary buildings are available through the Virginia Tech archives.

Thursday (11/19) – 4:00-5:00pm – CPAP DMP

Transparency as a Recurring Reform Imperative: Information, Innovation, and Institutional Change

Giselle Datz, Government and International Affairs

Matt Dull, Center for Public Administration and Policy


Financial crisis, political scandal, and declining trust in political and economic institutions have propelled transparency to the top of reform agendas worldwide. Transparency is among the central reform ideas in contemporary governance; yet, the concept’s broad appeal has prompted relatively little close scrutiny. In this essay, we aim to place the recent diffusion of transparency-based reforms in context. Reviewing the concept’s evolution in public administration and political economy, we observe that transparency builds on deeply rooted intellectual traditions and a richly turbulent history, a recurring pattern of reform that reveals an enduring logic of institutional change. Transparency is more than a bureaucratic standard, devoid of agency. Its parameters vary by context, and by the ideas that help shape and motivate how context is interpreted by actors. Drawing examples from a range of settings, we scrutinize the “who,” “what,” “when,” and “how” of transparency-based reform. In the contingent, unfinished realities of transparency we see both reform’s promise and its peril.