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Paul C. Light
Paul C. Light is the author of A Government Ill Executed and a professor at New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Blog Entries by Paul C. Light

Fixing the Bailout Bureaucracy

Posted September 30, 2008 | 16:30:47 (EST)

The Washington Post ran my op-ed this morning:

If opponents of the $700 billion bailout are truly serious about greater administrative accountability, negotiators gave them plenty of room for improvement. So much time was spent hammering out the program that the bureaucratic details have been left mostly to chance.


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Make it Easier to Say Yes to Public Service

Posted September 9, 2008 | 15:45:00 (EST)

The two presidential candidates -- Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama -- plan to go to New York City this week to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks with a call to public service.

Unless the candidates get specific about removing the barriers to public service, however,...

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It Ain't Over Mukasey

Posted August 13, 2008 | 17:32:05 (EST)

Remember how senior appointees at the Justice Department got caught using political litmus tests in the civil service hiring process. Well, Attorney General Michael Mukasey declared the incident closed yesterday. There was no criminal harm, he told the American Bar Association, therefore no foul.

He may yet be proven...

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Massive Reorganization Awaits Next President

Posted July 29, 2008 | 11:54:54 (EST)

Following is the transcript from an interview I did on presidential transition planning for NPR's "All Things Considered" that aired Sunday, July 27.

Whoever wins on November 4, they'll do well to get a little sleep that night. November 5 is going to be...

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McCain's Presidential Transition Gaffe

Posted July 25, 2008 | 09:34:06 (EST)

There are many things about Sen. Barack Obama's campaign that seem presumptuous, not the least of which is his seal of office. But yesterday's announcement that he will soon launch a transition planning operation is not one of them.

The question is not why Obama made the decision, but...

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Hit the Rose Garden Running

Posted July 22, 2008 | 12:03:49 (EST)

It wouldn't be hubris for both campaigns to begin transition planning now.

Calls for a better presidential transition next fall are a cottage industry in Washington, and for good reason: The next president must hit the ground running.

Unless their transition planning is so secret that it has yet to...

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Open Letter to the Presidential Candidates

Posted June 25, 2008 | 22:55:37 (EST)

Following my op-ed in today's Washington Post, Can't Do Government, I submitted this open letter to the campaigns with a legislative proposal for reforming government.

June 25, 2008

McCain 2008 Obama for America
P.O. Box 16118 P.O. Box 8102
Arlington, VA 22215 Chicago, IL 60680

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Searching for Godot

Posted May 23, 2008 | 11:35:48 (EST)

The job searches are on for the next vice president of the United States. Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain is holding job interviews with three candidates this weekend, while Sen. Barack Obama has set up a search process.

Both searches will share an age-old philosophy: Picking a running mate...

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