Civic Servants: School Principals

Serving as the CEO of America’s Most Important Institution

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Our Next Energy System: Energy, Part 5

A Suggested Framework for Modernizing our Energy System

Part 5 of 5

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Galvanizing Local Government Reforms: Part 2

A National Investment in Local Government Oversight and Operations, Part 2

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Galvanizing Local Government Reforms: Part 1

A National Investment in Local Government Collaboration and Resilience, Part 1

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Local Government – Millstone or Catalyst?

The Opening Argument for a New Local Government Model Big Story Local governments, especially cities, could be the catalyst to reviving America’s creativity, energy and entrepreneurial spirit. But, without wholesale structural change, they also could facilitate our decline. America’s 90,000+ local governments vary widely. Some are general-purpose entities, like cities and counties. Some are specialized,…

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Accountability for All of Us (Continued)

This is Civic Way’s third commentary on the January 6th Capitol Coup and the nation’s need for accountability. The first commentary made the argument for holding individual politicians accountable. The second commentary called for collective accountability for the pandemic and inequity. This commentary demands accountability for assaults on truth and democracy. The author, Bob Melville, is…

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Renewing Our Faith in the Federal Judiciary

This is another commentary in Civic Way’s series on reconstructing American government. The author, Bob Melville, is the founder of Civic Way, a nonprofit dedicated to good government, and a management consultant with over 45 years of experience working with governmental agencies across the US.

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Our View on Modernizing Federalism and Government

Introduction American Federalism—our federal and state partnership—paved the way for many successes. Initially, each partner’s respective roles seemed clear, with the federal government tackling international challenges like war and trade and states confronting domestic issues like education and health. Even as the federal government grew in size and scope, states emerged as “labs of democracy,”…

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Our View on Elections and Democracy

Introduction We have taken democracy for granted. We have forgotten that it has to be enacted anew in every generation, in every year, in every day… – John Dewey As the Covid-19 death toll surpassed 100,000 souls and the George Floyd protests spread to over 700 cities and towns, some politicians thought the timing perfect…

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Reexamining Federalism Through the Pandemic

Our View on Linking Government Relief and Reform

Introduction In the face of dire projections about state and local government, our national leaders have resumed their familiar roles in another partisan skirmish. The Democratic House has passed a $3 trillion aid package for state and local governments, but Senate Republican leaders have expressed reservations. The truth is that many jobs—teachers, police officers, firefighters…

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