Category: Leadership (page 2 of 13)

The Concepts of Equality & Social Equity

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H. George Frederickson, expert in the field of public administration, coined the term “social equity,” which urges public administrators not to view individuals within one environment as the same but instead to view them against a backdrop of social and economic factors before assuming equality.

Ideals of equality and social justice form the basis of political philosophy. However, enforcing principles of equality across society often infringes on the liberal concept of social justice. Tensions within social and political relations have led to the creation of international government and non government organizations that seek to maintain ethical standards of equality throughout the world. These ethical standards allow reasonable individuals to maintain their philosophical differences without jeopardizing the greater good of global society. Continue reading

Impact of Media on Public Policy Debate

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There are more media choices available today to ordinary citizens than ever before. In fact, in the United States and in many other nations, citizens are dramatically decreasing the amount of time spent consuming news through traditional media, such as nightly news broadcasts and daily newspapers. Instead, citizens are dramatically increasing the amount of time spent on a vast array of alternative news resources. Therefore, media outlets—whether on television, in print, or on the Internet—need to digest often-complex policy issues into small snippets that can be understood and communicated in a short amount of time.

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Branding Reflection

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Identify a product that has significant meaning to you – specifically, a product that you have brand loyalty towards and answer the following questions:Think back to when you learned about and adopted this product. Explain where you would have fallen within Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovation Theory.
Think about this product today. Where does it fall within the Product Life Cycle? Explain your rationale.Think about this product compared to similar products:What is this product’s brand and positioning statement ? What is its  branding strategy ? Why are you loyal to this brand? What type of emotional connection or ownership do you feel towards this brand?  What (if anything) would cause you to switch to a different brand? Continue reading

The Legislative Branch in Action

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The senators and representatives who make up the legislative branch each have different agendas, priorities, and policy initiatives that they wish to usher through the public policy process. It is clearly not easy for any one member of Congress to have laws enacted to suit all of his or her policy priorities. In fact, very few bills proposed in either the House or the Senate ever become law. This week’s Learning resources help explain just why a fraction of these proposed bills are actually enacted. Therefore, the prioritization of public policy is an extremely important part of the inner workings of the legislative branch.

The process by which those priorities are organized is often the result of compromise, conflict, and outside pressure both from the president and rulings from the federal courts. Continue reading

Women’s Reproductive Rights

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Reproductive rights remain a controversial issue, not only in the United States, but in many countries around the world. Although formal laws address this issue at the federal and state levels, it would be shortsighted to view this conversation as occurring only within the hallways of government. In fact, perhaps no issue has galvanized more stakeholders in recent times than reproductive rights. Institutions, religious groups, grassroots organizations, women’s rights organizations, and international bodies such as the United Nations have weighed in on reproductive rights around the world. Continue reading

Decision Making & Judgement

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Compare and contrast the 2 major paradigms we’ve used to look at decision making & judgment so far: rational theories (e.g., expected value/utility) and more descriptive theories (prospect theory and others). Discuss the tenets and the major implications of the theories. What are their major advantages and limitations’ Which is the most influential’ Why’ Can they be reconciled’

Which heuristic or bias do you feel has the biggest impact on practical decision making’ Why’ Why does the heuristic or bias you’ve chosen occur’ Compare it to some of the other well-known heuristics and biases. Discuss the implications of your choice for at least 2 different types of decision making such as personal, group, managerial, political, parental, consumer, etc. Continue reading

Mass Casualty

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Think about recent mass shooting events that were in the news in the last year.  Such tragic events send shockwaves through communities and impact the country as a whole. In a 3 page paper, write about the unique challenges that survivors of a mass casualty (mass shooting) experience. What might be challenges to a victim advocate working a case of this magnitude and how could an advocate address these challenges  Continue reading

Power in Employment Relations

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Why is power such an important concept in understanding employment relations? Critically evaluate the ways in which employees can increase their power at work.

Assessment Criteria- Students will have to choose ONE essay topic. Essays should be thoroughly grounded in the literature, use appropriate theoretical concepts, provide illustrative examples where appropriate, and evidence of a well-constructed and argued piece of work. Continue reading

Cultural Relativism/ Moral Isolationism

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In the first paragraph, briefly describe cultural relativism or moral isolationism. Use at least one quote from the required readings somewhere in the body of the paragraph. You may use the quote to support your description, or you may interpret, or even argue against the quote, but you must do something with the quote; in other words, don’t just provide a quote at the top of your post. Then, provide an example — either from current topics in the news such as the removal of Confederate statues, from recent history, or from your own personal life — of a topic that has multiple perspectives rooted in the tradition and beliefs of a particular group(s). Continue reading

Legalization of Marijuana

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Substance abusers are more likely to commit crimes, be arrested, serve time in prison, and re-offend. They are a considerable burden on the justice system, and the problem of substance abuse continues to grow. Why are some states choosing to legalize recreational marijuana, and what effects are being seen from this legalization? What do you believe are potential pitfalls of such legalization given the current rates of rising addiction, and recent research identifying unintended consequences? Continue reading

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