Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, October 8, 2009

Academic explores management, household structure

1996 alum and Georgetown University public policy professor Carolyn Hill has published two volumes.

Carolyn Hill

In Against the Tide: Household Structure, Opportunities, and Outcomes among White and Minority Youth (W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research), Hill, Harry Holzer and Henry Chen examine the effects of household structure on young adults and how these effects might have contributed to negative trends in educational and employment outcomes for young minorities over time.

Hill's second book appeared on the syllabus for La Follette's spring 2009 public management course taught by Paul Soglin; professors Donald Moynihan and Susan Yackee plan to use it again in spring 2010. Hill wrote the textbook, Public Management: A Three-Dimensional Approach (CQ Press), with Laurence E. Lynn Jr.

The authors show that construction of critical analyses and persuasive arguments is the principal tool for effectively managing within the three dimensions of administrative structures and processes, organizations and their cultures, and the skills and values of individual managers.

"Managing in the public sector entails an understanding of the interaction among these three distinct dimensions," Hill says. "Public managers must produce results that citizens and their representatives expect from their government while they balance these concerns within a constitutional scheme of governance."

Hill's research focuses on the effectiveness of public programs and how they can be improved. Her work follows three initiatives: developing an overarching framework to accumulate empirical evidence about public management and program effectiveness; conducting empirical analyses of specific aspects of public programs and management in education, health and human services; and analyzing methods and measurement issues that arise in the evaluation of public programs and management.