We believe that good governance is critical for keeping the US economy competitive in today’s globalized economy. Good governance improves the delivery of services to citizens, increases the efficiency of the public sector, and lowers the costs of doing business for the private sector, thereby increasing America’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. The Mosbacher Institute aims to identify good governance practices and policies used by governments at all levels. We also seek to propose solutions to correct failures and inefficiencies in the provision of public services.
Governance is the process by which institutions identify and implement policy. We define "good governance" as wise decision-making that both sets the scope of government services and then provides those services in a cost-effective manner. The Program in Governance & Public Services identifies good governance practices by using evidence-based policy research and qualitative analysis to answer such questions as:
The Governance Program produces policy briefs sharing results of new policy research on these and other cutting-edge governance issues. The Program also develops learning and training opportunities to inspire young leaders, bringing in well-known experts from government, the private sector, academe, and non-governmental organizations to the Bush School. Annually, the Program hosts its flagship event, the Good Governance Award, featuring an individual recognized for exemplary achievements in channeling high-quality policy analysis into good governance and public service work. Additionally, the Program spearheads and organizes “Capstone Projects” for Bush School students, promoting hands-on training in evaluating domestic policies and programs.
To date, Program activities have largely been achieved with start-up funding from internal sources. Additional funding will help the Governance Program not only to sustain existing work, but also to achieve its goals of offering faculty and student research awards; hosting periodic academic public policy conferences; and sponsoring an internship program for students to gain practical, real-world experience.
Faculty Coordinator: Domonic A. Bearfield is an associate professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He holds a PhD in public administration from Rutgers-Newark. His research is focused on improving the understanding of public sector patronage, ethics, and public management. Having published numerous peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Bearfield's work has appeared in Public Performance and Management Review and Public Management Case Studies: A Global Perspective. He currently serves as the American Political Science Association's newsletter editor for the public administration section.
Domonic A. Bearfield, Faculty Coordinator
Program in Governance & Public Services