Our American Discourse

Great knowledge need not wither on the academic vine. We bring you the smartest minds from the University of Southern California and beyond, wrestling with the defining challenges of our time. In their research, we find wisdom. In their voice, hope.

Hosted by Anthony W. Orlando, Our American Discourse reminds us that we’re never too different to learn from each other, nor too divided to find common ground.

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McCann’s new book uncovers partisanship when Congress delegates policy to states

Ever since she worked for a state-level agency before attending graduate school, USC Price Assistant Professor Pamela McCann has been intrigued by when and why Congress chooses to delegate to the states for implementation of federal policy. In her new book The Federal Design Dilemma: Congress and Intergovernmental Delegation (Cambridge University Press), McCann uncovered the…

Price Governance Salon: Jennifer Brinkerhoff, George Washington University

Jennifer Brinkerhoff discussed her recent book, Institutional Reform and Diaspora Entrepreneurs: The In-Between Advantage. Externally-promoted institutional reform, even when nominally accepted by developing country governments, often fails to deliver lasting change.  Diasporans – immigrants who still feel a connection to their country of origin – may offer an In-Between Advantage for institutional reform, which links…

Striking the right balance for care services

Government services vs. not for profit community: what is the right balance of involvement for best care services?  Frank Zerunyan quoted by WalletHub in their research article on 2016’s Most Caring Cities in America. While the not-for-profit or NGO community driven by a specific mission is best suited to handle this care, government must be…

Citizenville

In this edition of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast, we discuss California lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom’s book Citizenville. The book is about how government has not caught up with the ubiquity of smart phones and technology found in the rest of our everyday lives. It is a rallying cry for innovation from within government to revolutionize the way things are accomplished. Newsom argues that technological innovation will both create more efficiency and create a wider public responsiveness.

Do Raphael, David and Sherry share Gavin Newsom’s optimism that technology can easily reinvent government? Find out!

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