News Release - Updated ‘Winter Commission’ Report Examines Performance of State and Local Governments Across U.S. and Proposes Improvements

For Immediate Release –

December 1, 2008

Media contact: Mark Marchand – (518) 443-5283 / marchanm@rockinst.org

Updated ‘Winter Commission’ Report Examines Performance of State and Local Governments Across U.S. and Proposes Improvements

New Report Updates Original 1993 Study and Reviews Challenges Facing State and Local Governments in 21st Century

Albany, N.Y. — The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government is pleased to announce the availability of a special issue of Public Administration Review (PAR), updating the work of the National Commission on the State and Local Public Service — known as the Winter Commission — chaired by former Mississippi Governor William F. Winter.

The commission’s report in 1993 drew on the experience and ideas of 27 public officials, nonprofit leaders, journalists, and academicians. The new PAR special issue was edited by Rutgers University Professor Frank J. Thompson, who was the executive director of the Winter Commission. The special issue contains 15 chapters written by noted experts on American state and local government.

“Now, more than ever, we need a fresh look at enduring and new challenges that face state and local officials and new thinking on how best to meet them,” Winter said in the introduction to the PAR special issue.

Richard P. Nathan, co-director of the Rockefeller Institute, added, “The fiscal crisis calls for hard choices, requiring a high order of candor and creativity just to maintain the critical services state and local governments provide to citizens, much less add to them.”

An order form for the 200-page special issue of the Public Administration Review is available on the Rockefeller Institute Web site: www.rockinst.org

An overview of the chapters and authors is below:

Overview

The Quest for Executive Leadership

The Quest for High-Performance Administration

The Quest for Public-Private Partnerships

The Quest for High-Performance Federalism

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