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Institutionalizing Public Action: Multiple Alignments of Goods, Services, Roles, and Tasks

"Public action is fundamentally the organizational application of power and rules to goods and services as focuses of public action in their availability, accessibility, consumption, and use. There is a mix of supply and demand in which roles and tasks are performed as modes of public action. ..." – By Ian Thynne

Recovery From Disasters

"Recovery defies easy explanation because it is idiosyncratic, multidimensional and can be viewed from various conceptual lenses and units of analysis. While recovery programs and support have become better resourced and more sophisticated, the issues have become more complex and demands for coordination more daunting. Bureaucratic “red tape” frequently impedes recovery processes. ..." – By Jane Kushma

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