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December 03, 2008



I mentioned earlier reading about the lack of appointments among Kennedy School folks, but couldn't remember where I'd read about it. Now Daniel Drezner has an article about why so many lawyers are getting positions that public policy scholars are supposed to be trained for.

Hopefully Anonymous

I haven't read it yet, but I think one clear problem with MPA's is the inability to signal technocratic eliteness with one. People that don't have a shot at harvard or yale law school or business school can get into harvard or princeton's mpa program pretty easily. If a Princeton MPA was as rare and as famously hard to get admitted into a program for as a Yale JD, then I suspect Princeton MPA's would be doing a lot better in govt. management.

Public policy scholars are a different situation. Elite economists tend to be public policy scholars too, and they seem to me to be doing just fine in getting appointments. Beyond that I'll have to read your link.

John Sabotta

Here's another link about technocracy


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