The Ethics of Governing

PhD candidate Anthony Orlando discusses the “Ethics of Democracy” in the latest episode of Our American Discourse.

Democracy is a dialogue. It requires our leaders to ask, to listen, and to react. Good governance thus hinges on conversation and consent—and whether we like it or not, conflict. Planners and policymakers have to balance competing needs, never more so than in today’s polarized environment. How do they do the right thing? Does such a thing even exist? Citizenship demands that we engage with these uncomfortable questions, especially in this troubled era.

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Bostic at 2016 APPAM Fall Research, Conference The Role of Research in Making Government More Effective

Raphael Bostic, the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance, presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) 2016 Fall Research Conference. APPAM is “dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.” Professor Bostic’s paper presentation for the Neighborhood and Population Dynamics of Transit panel was titled “Sustainability and…

Schweitzer quoted in LA Times on Measure M and proposed Metro projects

Bedrosian Faculty Affiliate, Lisa Schweitzer discussed Measure M, on the Los Angeles ballot for November 2016, and Metro’s proposed projects with the LA Times. But to meet that ambitious shift toward transit, Southern California would have to add more apartments and offices along major arteries and near transit, making it easier for people to move…

Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles

This episode features a discussion of David Ulin’s Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles. A transplant to Los Angeles from New York, Ulin’s long essay/memoir is a meditation on moving through and defining his relationship with the sprawling diversity that is the City of Angels. The book begins with an essay on how walking can be a way to discover the city (any city or town) through serendipity.

How L.A. can improve its return on our multibillion-dollar transit investment

In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Marlon Boarnet and Gary Painter discuss ways for Los Angeles to improve its investment in transit. L.A. Metro can — and should — be much more than a people mover. Armed with the power to capture the value its growth is creating, it could recycle taxpayer-funded rail transit into a force…