Friday, May 20, 2011

On Transparency And Open Government

Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a workshop put on by the Penn Program on Regulation. Hosted by the program's director, Cary Coglianese, the workshop brought together academics like myself with administration officials and other public servants.

My modest contribution to the proceedings is captured by this excerpt from a post that was published yesterday at RegBlog, a source of information about regulatory matters that is hosted by the Penn Program on Regulation. (Click here to access the entire blog post.)

Several workshop participants noted that advances in empirical knowledge of open government will likely depend on the accumulation of many small-scale, narrowly focused research studies, rather than on one “home run” study. Researchers also urged the use of multiple research methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative.

That's science, folks! Nothing fancy...Just the dogged pursuit of knowledge on a small scale that may one day add up to something big.

~Steve

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Congratulations, Sir Toby!

Last night, at the Academy of the Holy Cross Performing Arts Department's 2010-2011 Awards Gala, the award for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role went to Juliana Balla, for her performance of Sir Toby Belch in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Way to go, you ol' drunkard!

~Mom, Dad, and Z

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

This past December, an article I have written was accepted for publication at the Journal of Contemporary China. This is great news in that it represents my first foray into publishing research on Chinese politics and public policy.

So when exactly will this article appear in print? This is where academic publishing timetables enter into the story. The article is currently slated for publication in the May 2012 issue of the journal. Yes, that's right...It will be another entire year before this research sees the light of day.

And this is not an atypical story. Right now, I have two other articles that are scheduled to appear in print later this year. Both of these pieces of research were originally written two-three years ago. One in fact was drafted before we moved to China back in 2008, although I have been tinkering with it off and on ever since, up through this past fall.

So is this a complaint? Not really, as a deliberate review and publication process is one of the hallmarks that separates long-run academic research from in-the-moment journalism. That said, I will be lucky if I remember what I actually wrote when these pieces eventually appear in print!

~Steve