John R. Bartle is dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he is the David Scott Diamond Alumni Professor of Public Affairs. He is also a part-time professor at the Center for Public Administration at Zhongshan University in Guangzhou, China.

Bartle received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. His research is focused on public financial policy and management, budgeting, transportation, and state and local government. He was a co-editor of the book "Management Policies in Local Government Finance," published in 2012, and the co-author of "Sustainable Development for Public Administration," published in 2009.

He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, an elected member of the national council of the American Society for Public Administration, and a member of the executive council of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

May 16, 2013

The Tricky Promise of Less Government

Merging jurisdictions to reduce costs seems like a good idea, but it's fraught with difficulty. The real potential for efficiency lies in sharing services.