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Policy at the Playhouse

January 27, 2015
by Donnajean Ward

A new initiative, Policy at the Playhouse, at Bedrosian Center recognizes that conversations about governance take place in many different fora and are voiced by many different communities. We said an enthusiastic “Yes!” to the opportunity to lead a post-show discussion at the historic Pasadena Playhouse after a performance of The Whipping Man, a play by Matthew Lopez.

Jarrod M. Smith, Adam Haas Hunter and Charlie Robinson in The Whipping Man at the Pasadena Playhouse, reviewed in South Coast Repertory.

The setting of the play– April 9, 1865, marks the end of the Civil War and, ironically, Passover, the annual Jewish celebration of Jews freedom from bondage in Egypt. The Sedar meal in this play is being observed by three men—two former slaves and their former slave-owner.

This provocative premise adds the question “what next?” to the traditional Passover question of “why is this night different from all other nights?” As Playwright Matthew Lopez says, “How…do you pass through the gates of a newly liberated Auschwitz and begin to live again? How, when the machetes are finally put away, does a Rwandan return to her quotidian routines? And how, after centuries of bondage, do slaves become free people?” (more…)

Managing a Giant

January 20, 2015
by Jeremy Loudenback

Bill FukiokaFor William T. Fujioka, a distinguished 40-year career in public service began in humble circumstances.

In 1972, Fujioka started working in the public sector as a custodian for Santa Cruz County. But after rising through the ranks in jobs for both the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County, the Boyle Heights-born Fujioka was hired in 2007 to fill the county’s top management job, chief executive officer for a jurisdiction that is more populous than 43 states.

From 2007 until his retirement in November, Fujioka was charged with administering the nation’s largest county, a vast and ethnically diverse expanse that is governed by the five-member Board of Supervisors. This year, Los Angeles County boasted a budget of  $26 billion for nearly 11 million residents spread across more than 4,000 square miles. With an annual budget of $37 million, the Los Angeles County CEO’s office is charged with overseeing more than 100,000 county employees, 31 departments, and 88 municipalities (along with several unincorporated areas). (more…)

Faculty Awards Announced

January 16, 2015
by Justine Dodgen

2014-2015 Faculty Research Awards Announced

The Bedrosian Center is pleased to announce the research projects that have been selected for Faculty Research Awards for the 2014-2015 academic year.

pmccannPam McCann, Assistant Professor at Price, received an award for a research project to develop a political bargaining theory that explains how bills are drafted, debated, and influenced before being approved by both chambers of the U.S. Congress.

Resh_WilliamBill Resh, also an Assistant Professor at Price, was selected for an award to conduct research on how public service motivation can help motivate public sector employees to continue their policy efforts even when faced with setbacks or failure. He hopes that this research can be used to help public agencies improve their personnel policies and recruitment.

lschweitLisa Schweitzer, Associate Professor at Price, was given an award to support research on how new forms of community development agreements can be used to better manage urban development and facilitate dialogue between community stakeholders about land use and policies. She will be working on this project with Price doctoral candidate Jovanna Rosen.

Wood_AbbyAbby Wood, Assistant Professor of Law, Political Science, and Public Policy at Gould School of Law, received an award to research why legislators tend to over comply with information disclosure laws and whether this phenomenon occurs more frequently when legislators are in close races for reelection.

The Bedrosian Center funds several grants each year for USC Price faculty to conduct research on governance issues. Preference for these awards is given to research focused on collaborative governance, relationships between governance and planning, and government accountability issues. As a condition of these grants, each principal investigator will give a presentation of his or her findings to the Price School.

To read more about these research projects and past research awards, please visit our Faculty Research Awards page.


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