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Schwartz discusses New York City school bus service in Gotham Gazette

August 26, 2020

"Although cutting school bus service may seem like an 'easy' way to save money, educators and policymakers should wield the budget knife carefully," write Amy Ellen Schwartz, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs, and her co-authors. 

Steinberg discusses China, India, US connection on Horns of a Dilemma

August 26, 2020

University Professor Jim Steinberg analyzes, "the United States—for a long time—has viewed India through highly instrumental lenses...the question is, whether that will now change, and whether India will be more willing to be a partner with the United States in an across the board, new Cold War with China."

In Memoriam: John Burdick Remembered for Teaching, Advocacy

August 19, 2020
John Burdick died July 4 of cancer at age 61. He leaves a strong legacy of teaching and research at Syracuse University, of social change in the Syracuse community and of social justice in South America.

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Despair and Addiction

August 18, 2020

"Disability, obesity, and poor mental health all affect our long-term economic sustainability and social well-being. The underlying causes of many of these issues are deeply connected," says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. "Social scientists are in a prime position to identify underlying social, economic, and policy-related mechanisms, and strategies to mitigate them."

Baker comments on call for Trump to use Defense Production Act in NY Times

July 31, 2020

"What the federal government—the president or secretaries possessing delegated authority—have not done yet is use the D.P.A. [Defense Production Act] to create a permanent, sustainable, redundant, domestic supply chain for all things pandemic: testing, swabs, N95 masks, etc.," says Jamie Baker, director of the Institute for Security Policy and Law and professor of practice of public administration and international affairs.

Catherine Gerard concludes 15 years of leadership at PARCC

July 30, 2020

After serving as its director or co-director since 2005, Catherine Gerard has stepped down from her leadership role at the Maxwell School’s renowned Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), effective July 1, 2020. Gerard will continue as an adjunct professor of public administration and associate director for the Executive Education Programs at Maxwell, and also continue her work as co-director of the Collaborative Governance Initiative at PARCC. 

Popp comments on green stimulus, economic crisis in MIT Technology Review

July 28, 2020

"What’s really important right now is getting money out quickly, and Congress can’t even do that," says David Popp, professor of public administration and international affairs. "I worry about tacking on green stimulus, or anything else that slows down the process. We can worry about financing the green transition six months from now."

Radcliffe discusses the rationality of voting in The Hill

July 10, 2020

"In voting as a citizen, you vote for president because it is your duty as a citizen, basing your vote on your honest judgment about what is in the best interests of the country," writes Dana Radcliffe, adjunct professor of public administration and international affairs.

Lewis discusses taxpayer return on investment in WalletHub article

July 8, 2020

"High taxes do not guarantee good services. Low taxes do not mean unsatisfactory services," says Minchin Lewis, adjunct professor of public administration and international affairs.

Banks comments on Hong Kong's new national security law in South China Morning Post

July 7, 2020

"[National security] definitions are a game that all governments play. Pay attention instead to how governments treat their citizens," says William C. Banks, professor emeritus of public administration and international affairs.

Popp discusses green investments, post-COVID recovery in SPI blog post

June 26, 2020

"Our research shows that green investments can help smooth the transition to a green economy, but must be used carefully," says David Popp, professor of public administration and international affairs.

Banks quoted in Vox article on military deployment at US-Mexico border

June 26, 2020

While military deployment to the border by President Trump is "clearly legal," Professor of Practice William Banks questions "whether the wall construction itself is lawful."

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