MPA@UNC Blog


Serving & Honoring America’s Veterans

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is largely responsible for caring for the needs of military veterans and providing them with benefits, resources, and other support systems. This department is the second largest of the executive departments...

UNC School of Government Faculty Member Gives Emergency Management Workshop at NCLM Conference

On Sunday, October 13th, UNC School of Government faculty member Norma Houston presented at the 2013 North Carolina League of Municipalities Annual (NCLM) Conference in Hickory, North Carolina. A nonpartisan association of state municipalities, NCLM strives to enhance the quality of life in municipalities through excellent municipal governance...

Michael Sandel: The Lost Art of Democratic Debate

Political debates can often devolve into unproductive and emotionally charged cable news battles. The effectiveness of discussion is lost on presentation and wooing the audience over with style. Harvard Professor Michael Sandel poses the question of how we can restore the practice of civil debate that once made democracy so powerful and effective...

Weekly News Roundup: October 6 – 12

A county ambulance crew member calls Fiona, the county finance officer, at 9pm on Sunday night. The crew just responded to their third call of the night and he needs to refuel the ambulance...

Planes, Trains & Automobiles: The Conductor of America’s Transportation System

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates all forms of transportation, working to create efficient and affordable modes of transportation. While it oversees roadways, bridges, and other related infrastructure, this department is also in charge of combating drunk and distracted driving, ensuring that consumer goods are shipped appropriately, and establishing public transportation options that serve communities across the country...

6 Things To Know about the US Government Shutdown

The US government shut down on October 1, 2013, furloughing an estimated 800,000 nonessential federal workers and affecting a broad range of government services and programs. Here are six things you should know about the shutdown and how it may affect you today and in the coming weeks...