Governance is the process by which institutions identify and implement policy. The Mosbacher Institute defines "good governance" as wise decision-making that both sets the scope of government services and then provides those services in a cost-effective manner. 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’s Program in Governance & Public Services aims to identify good governance practices and policies used by governments at all levels. The program also seeks to propose solutions to correct failures and inefficiencies in the provision of public services. The program uses evidence-based policy research and qualitative analysis to answer such questions as:
The Governance Program contributes to the publication of Mosbacher Institute’s The Takeaway policy briefs, which share results of new policy research on these and other cutting-edge governance issues. The Takeaway offers concise, non-technical analysis; thoughtful policy discussion; and practical recommendations on the key issues facing decision makers.
The Governance Program also develops learning and training opportunities to inspire young leaders, bringing in well-known public policy experts from government, the private sector, academe, and non-governmental organizations to the Bush School.
Additionally, the program spearheads and organizes “Capstone Projects” for Bush School students, promoting hands-on training in evaluating domestic policies and programs. The Governance Program has worked with a number of students to publish their own The Takeaway briefs based on their capstone research.
Faculty Coordinator: Lori L. Taylor is Professor and Head of the Public Service and Administration Department and holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Chair in Business and Government at in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Rochester and is a recognized expert on the variations in the cost of education and the determinants of school district efficiency. Her work as Principal Investigator for the Texas Smart Schools Initiative is one example of her commitment to programs and research that promote fiscal responsibility and government transparency.