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Paul C. Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner, gave the 2007 Elmer Staats Lecture at the National Academy of Public Administration. Professor Light delivered a paper titled "A Government Ill Executed: The Depletion of the Federal Service," built from his research for a forthcoming book, due out in May, 2008. The paper's title comes from Alexander Hamilton's warnings in Federalist No. 70 about the danger of bad government. "More than 200 years later, however, the federal government seems plagued by bad execution," he writes.
Professor Light is a nationally known expert on the federal bureaucracy and organizational performance in the public and nonprofit sectors.
To read the full paper, click the link below.
NYU Wagner's Brademas Center for the Study of Congress held a well-attended and timely forum Dec. 14, 2007, on how the U.S. Congress can come to grips with looming defense issues such as the War on Terror, changes in force structure, Department of Defense reform, and base closings. The question addressed by the panel convened by Paul C. Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at Wagner, was, "How can Congress address these defense issues before they become intractable?" Part of a series of Brademas Center discussions on Congressional decision making titled "Legislating for the Future," the forum took place in the Rayburn Building in Washington, D.C., and included leading scholars on defense: Paul K. Davis, Principal Researcher, The Rand Corporation; Kenneth R. Mayer, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution.
Click the link below to view C-SPAN's coverage of the forum.
Through forums such as this, the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress - at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service - seeks to advance understanding of the powers, processes and political character of the U.S. Congress among scholars, students pursuing careers in public service, those working on Capitol Hill, and the public. It is named for its founder, the former U.S. Representative from Indiana (1959-81) and President Emeritus of New York University (1981-1992).
U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton visited NYU Wagner on April 23 to speak about urban poverty. The audience of invited guests included current and former government officials, educators, and the heads of labor unions, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. Introduced by Wagner Professor Rogan Kersh, the senator explored such issues as the growth of the prison population, unemployment, education, family, health care, and middle class security. Entitled the 'Working Cities Forum', and moderated by WNBC-TV political correspondent Jay DeDapper, the event was one of an ongoing series of conversations with presidential candidates cosponsored by the Community Service Society of New York and 32BJ Service Employees International Union. A transcript of the senator's comments is to be posted on the organizations' web sites.
A major forum sponsored by the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at NYU Wagner brought together Senator John Kerry and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on April 10, 2007, in Washington, D.C. to debate global climate change and how Congress should tackle the issue.
Kerry and Gingrich discussed the role of government and the marketplace before an overflow crowd of more than 250 people in the Russell Senate Office Building. Journalists from about 50 media outlets -- from C-SPAN to the Washington Post, and from the Weather Channel to The New Republic -- covered the two-hour discussion.NYU Wagner Dean Ellen Schall offered introductory remarks, noting the event is part of a continuing series of forums organized by Wagner Professor Paul Light that examines how Congress can work to resolve not only issues of the day, but also critically important issues of the future.
Additionally, NYU President Emeritus John Brademas, who is a distinguished former member of Congress, welcomed the participants, while Professor Light served as the moderator.
The Associated Press began its dispatch on the event this way:
Climate change is heating the earth and also warming relations between Democrat John Kerry and Republican Newt Gingrich.
Kerry, a past presidential candidate, debated Gingrich, a potential one, in a friendly exchange Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Then the two argued for nearly two hours about whether the government should cap emissions of greenhouse gases or whether tax breaks will encourage businesses to do so.The John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress is housed at NYU Wagner, where it seeks to advance the understanding of Congress its powers, processes and political character among scholars, students pursuing careers in public service, those working on Capitol Hill, and the public.