Roundtable: Public Management Strategies for Managing Budget Cuts within a Political Framework
(Political Processes)

Friday, November 9, 2012: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Calhoun (Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizers:  Richard F. Callahan, University of San Francisco
Speakers:  Paul Posner, George Mason University, Gloria Rubio-Cortes, National Civic League and Shui Yan Tang, University of Southern California
Moderators:  Mark Pisano, National Academy of Public Administration and USC

Research Problem and Theoretical Framework: Across the local, state, and federal levels of government are there public management strategies that emerge at each level to address the varied fiscal challenges triggered by factors that are beyond their immediate control? The panel will draw on a range of case study research at the local, county, state, and federal levels to discuss the following: First, how does democracy deal with a fiscal environment that is fundamentally different than in past centuries? How to account for the current context of turbulence with the following challenges: 1) fiscal stresses; 2) past successes that create higher set of new expectations; 3) great individual choice and access to information greater; 4) globalization. Second, how to address the three “E’s”: Equity, efficiency, environment. Third, how to move collective bargaining from the potential for a zero sum game and to a fundamental shift in accepting budgets as limited. Fourth, can fiscal sustainability emerge in a constitutional democracy? What are the problems sets noted by deTocqueville and the Madisonian concept of the tyranny of majority? How to get at current pathology in pensions? How to move beyond “magical thinking “ problem of electorate (Korey, 2011) and “free lunch” problem of electorate (Chapman, 2010)? Fifth, at the institutional level how to move off path dependency? What does institutional change look like?

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