government http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Commentary: Obama, Christie and Dooley Through A Machiavellian Lens http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-obama-christie-and-dooley-through-machiavellian-lens <p>In common parlance, use of the adjective “Machiavellian” implies a ruthless practice of politics where ends justify means and maintenance of power is the ultimate goal. Yet, a careful reading of “The Prince” and “The Discourses” leads to a more nuanced view of this political philosopher.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 03:32:26 +0000 Lana Stein 33564 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Obama, Christie and Dooley Through A Machiavellian Lens Commentary: Is It Time To Question The Very Structure Of Government http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-it-time-question-very-structure-government <p>A <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/13/opinion/brooks-strengthen-the-presidency.html?ref=davidbrooks" target="_blank">recent David Brooks column</a> in the New York Times dealt with the frozen gridlocked government in Washington, D.C.&nbsp; This gridlock prevents the enactment of new programs or the adaptation of existing ones.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 03:10:20 +0000 Lana Stein 32888 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Is It Time To Question The Very Structure Of Government Did St. Louis Leaders Let Its Greatness ‘Slip Away?’ http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/did-st-louis-leaders-let-its-greatness-slip-away <p>When it comes to successfully or unsuccessfully governing and managing communities, leadership decisions can make or break a city or region.</p><p>St. Louis has been cited as a city “that let greatness slip away over the 20th century.”&nbsp; That’s the contention of Colin Gordon, Professor of History at the University of Iowa, in his book, <em>Mapping Decline…St. Louis and the Fate of the American City</em>.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 21:35:21 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 25060 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Did St. Louis Leaders Let Its Greatness ‘Slip Away?’ Senate rejects plan to streamline Ill. government http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/senate-rejects-plan-streamline-ill-government <p>Illinois senators have rejected <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=173&amp;GAID=11&amp;GA=97&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;LegID=54978&amp;SessionID=84">a plan</a> to streamline government across the state.</p><p>The plan would have established a commission to recommend which units of government to eliminate. Then lawmakers would have voted to accept or reject the recommendation.</p><p>Only 14 senators supported the idea Tuesday. Thirty voted &quot;no.&quot;</p> Tue, 03 May 2011 19:01:58 +0000 The Associated Press 1164 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Senate rejects plan to streamline Ill. government