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Donald F. Kettl

Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Donald F. Kettl is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Volcker Alliance. He is the author of many books, including Escaping Jurassic Government: How to Recover America's Lost Commitment to Competence, The Politics of the Administrative Process, System Under Stress and The Next Government of the United States. Kettl is a two-time recipient of the Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2008, he won the American Political Science’s John Gaus Award for a lifetime of exemplary scholarship in political science and public administration. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and has held appointments at University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Five Annoying Questions to Ask Your Grandparents at Thanksgiving

November 17, 2017 Thanksgiving is almost upon us. We love the turkey and sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes and stuffing. But many of us dread of the inevitable political battles that will pop up over dessert. The drumstick stakes are YUGE. A November 2017 poll by the Cato Institute shows that 6 of...

Celebrating the Legacy of a Public Service Legend

November 13, 2017 It was a treat to step away from the “you can’t make it up” headlines last week to attend the Nov. 9 symposium celebrating former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker’s contributions to public service and his 90th birthday. The entire event was inspiring (it can be viewed online)...

Can Block Grants Save the Day on Health Reform?

September 21, 2017 There’s a basic assumption in the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. It would slash federal cash for the states that didn’t expand their Medicaid programs under Obamacare by $180 billion, or 11 percent, by the year 2026. It assumes that new block grants for the states would allow them to find...

Trump’s Harvey Dilemma

August 30, 2017 A decade ago, my wife and I finally escaped on a long-delayed week away. We picked Bermuda because it had beautiful water, offered cheap off-season prices, and was a short hop. When we settled into our plane seats, we saw lots of other casually dressed tourists. But we were surprised...

Can Government Earn Citizens' Trust?

July 26, 2017 Distrust may be the biggest governmental crisis of our time. Donald F. Kettl explores the issue in his new book, Can Governments Earn Our Trust? What follows is an excerpt: The foundation for building trust begins with the argument for transparency. The central idea, developed during the Enlightenment, is that...

Trump at Six Months

July 19, 2017 If there’s any lesson from Donald Trump’s first six months as president, it’s that any prediction is wildly risky. New York Yankee great Yogi Berra must have had this moment in mind when he said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” But let’s give it a stab....

It’s Easy To Rail Against Big Government—Until There’s a Big Crisis

July 11, 2017 Amid all the uncertainties in President Trump’s tumultuous presidency, there is one subtle certainty. At some point—maybe next year, next month, next week, or in the next hour—the country will face a major crisis. It might be a hurricane, an earthquake, a devastating cyberattack, or a terrorist assault. But something...

Trump’s Next 1,360 Days

May 1, 2017 The scorekeeping over President Trump’s first 100 days in office has grown, of course, completely out of hand. If we’ve learned anything about his presidency, it’s that if you’ve seen one day of his term, you’ve seen one day of his term. One day does not predict the next. What...

Trump’s Big League Management Agenda

April 17, 2017 President Trump has rolled out a very big management agenda. You could even call it big league, if not bigly. But what’s really new here? No administration has ever bitten off quite so much with its management plan. The guidance that OMB Director Mick Mulvaney sent to the heads of...

After Health Care Debacle, Trump Needs a Plan B

March 28, 2017 Just before President Trump’s health care plan went down in flames, Press Secretary Sean Spicer defiantly told reporters, “We're not looking at a Plan B.” Well, it’s clearly time now to look at a Plan B. It’s going to take a long time to clear the massive debris littering the...