Today’s students in public affairs programs are tomorrow’s government and nonprofit leaders. By participating in experiential learning opportunities while in school, students learn the critical thinking and data analysis skills they will need to succeed as public sector professionals in the real-world and contribute to effective governance.
Beginning in the 1980s, South Korea became recognized around the world for many successful rollouts of e-government initiatives. This case study analyzes the Government for Citizens (G4C) project, an e-government program that aimed to streamline civil application procedures by providing citizens with online, integrated, one-stop services. The G4C project encompassed the functions and systems of several ministries and agencies. Unlike many of its predecessors in South Korea, however, the project’s rollout led to serious interministerial conflict and tension, which in turn fell into the lap of the Special Commission on E-Government Korea. This case study illustrates the G4C project’s processes and outcomes by focusing on the role of the Special Commission on E-Government Korea and the decision dilemmas the Commission encountered while facilitating effective coordination.
This case explores the politics surrounding the South Korean government’s attempts to promote telemedicine projects in the 2010s. It provides the conflicting perspectives of two main actors: the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare (KMHW) and the Korean Medical Association (KMA). The KMHW sought to expand the use of telemedicine projects to reduce regional healthcare disparities and promote job creation and economic growth in relevant industries. The KMA and other interest groups opposed the KMHW’s efforts. The KMA was concerned that the expansion of telemedicine would diminish healthcare quality, spark disagreements over policies and regulations, and cause financial harm to some health care providers.
In October 2015, the City of Pawtucket, Rhode Island faced a crisis. During an after-school confrontation at Tolman High School, a School Resource Officer (SRO) grabbed a student and flipped him over in front of a crowd of students and staff. A classmate recorded the incident on his cell phone, and it quickly went viral on social media before a national audience. The case study describes the implementation of the SRO program in Pawtucket, the incident itself, and its aftermath.