Government

Government: Where our ideals as a society get turned into systems, policies, and programs that shape the way we live our lives. But, it’s never that simple, is it? As we face new and increasingly complex social challenges we’ve never seen before, government agencies need to explore unique ways to address them. Some will look to create solutions within the systems we already have. Others will design wholly new systems. Both approaches have value—and both can work.

As we look to government to make a positive impact, we need government leaders capable of imagining, crafting, and implementing innovative solutions. That’s why we approach government from all perspectives: national and local, finance and management, analysis and delivery, accountability and representation. Furthermore, we provide you with the skills you’ll need to take existing structures and build upon them—or look beyond them.

NYU Wagner graduates deftly navigate our existing bureaucracies and think outside them. Whether they work as consultants, commissioners, or the leaders of NGOs that deliver government services, they often push the boundaries of what was previously considered possible in terms of public-private partnerships. That includes social impact bonds and groundbreaking twists to age-old services. They look at new challenges and find unique approaches to solve them today, with an eye on long-term impact.

Alumni in Action: Harold Pettigrew (MUP)

Helping Small Business Navigate the Regulatory Environment 

After graduating from NYU Wagner, Harold Pettigrew returned to his native Washington, D.C. eventually becoming the lead of the Small Business Resource Center, a government agency aimed at encouraging small business growth through demystifying regulations and trainer-to-trainer advising.

What is a Government Ill-Executed? 

Professor Paul Light introduces his book A Government Ill Executed, which critiques the federal government's failings.

What is a Government Ill-Executed?

What is a Government Ill-Executed? 

Professor Paul Light introduces his book A Government Ill Executed, which critiques the federal government's failings.

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Research

Revitalizing Urban Governance and Finance in South Asia

Smoke, P.
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Alumni

Arundathi Amirapu

MUP
Senior Planning Analyst
NYC Department of City Planning
Arundathi Amirapu
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Capstone

Determine the Long-Term Financial Sustainability of the Emergency Department Care Management Program

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
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Centers and Initiatives

John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress

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Press

Why Does New York State Control the Subway? That’s the 20-Cent Question

The New York Times
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