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Making Democracy Work in a Constitutional Republic



Our Mission

The Center for Public Administration and Policy promotes the common good of our constitutional republic and the advancement of public service by providing outstanding education, research, and outreach in the theory and practice of public administration, management, and policy.

Our Goals

To provide qualified public administrators currently in service, and early-career students who intend to become public administrators, with challenging applied and theoretical professional development opportunities in public management and public policy.

To prepare teachers and scholars for faculty service in colleges and universities around the country and the world who will educate citizens and administrators and broaden the scope of knowledge in public administration and policy studies.

To engage faculty, practitioners, and graduate students in systematic research and study designed to improve the quality of policy making and public service within the diverse jurisdictions of government in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the region as well as the national and international levels.

News and Announcements

High Table 2014 Rapidly Approaching; Registration now Open

Students and faculty alike are preparing for CPAP's annual High Table Event, taking place March 28th-29th at our Blacksburg campus. This year's keynote will be Dr. Kenneth J. Meier of Texas A&M University and our theme will be "Public Administration and the Failure of Politics". We're very excited for this year's event and hope you'll be there to join us. Registraion is now open. Please visit the official High Table website to register and to learn more about this year's event.

CPAP Students, Faculty Present New Research

CPAP PhD students Aaron Smith-Walker, Ashley N. Reynolds Marshall, and Holly L. Peterson, and Assistant Professor Dr. Michael D. Jones presented at the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) on November 7th.  In the application of the Narrative Policy framework, Gun Stories: How Evidence Shapes Firearm Policy in the United States finds that the NRA uses evidence differently than the Brady Center in their internal policy narratives.  Emery Roe was the discussant and the presentation was well-attended and well-received.