Hosted by the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, SPPUA in Action Seminar Series is a community-building initiative that brings together faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the School to share their current work, either research or practice. The goal is to strengthen the School’s network by discussing ideas and showing its diversity of projects. All presentations are held at Renaissance Park, Room 310. For those that cannot join us in person, the panel will be live-streamed (You do not need to be a member of Facebook to join in.).

Spring 2020 Schedule

UN Climate Change Conference in Review
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: 310R Renaissance Park/Live-streamed
Speakers: COP25 Attendees
Topic: Students who attended the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid at the beginning of December will give a recap of their experiences.

Politics within the State: Bureaucratic Structure and Bureaucratic Performance in Adolescent Democracies
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 5:15 PM
Place: 310R Renaissance Park
Speaker: Ioana Petrescu, Harvard Kennedy School
Synopsis: This is a chapter in the book “Democracy and Delivery: The Devil is in the Details,” in which I explore good practices in the delivery of public goods and services in a new category of democracy, neither nascent nor old, that I call an adolescent democracy. In this chapter, I describe some of the civil service problems specific to this type of democracy, such as clientelism and corruption, but also problems common to most democracies, such as extreme politization and inefficiency.  I draw from my experience as the Finance Minister of Romania, economic adviser to the Romanian Prime Minister, and public sector consultant to various other countries to identify the best ways to change the bureaucrats’ incentives and behavior, increase bureaucrats’ performance and expertise, and design pay reform to cut corruption.  I will present some policies meant to solve some of the civil servant problems, such as establishing a delivery unit at the center of government, a small group of people meant to monitor the delivery of the Prime Minister’s priorities.