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Michael R. Ford

Michael R. Ford

Michael R. Ford is an associate professor of public administration at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, where he teaches graduate courses in budgeting and research methods. He currently serves as the president of the Midwest Public Affairs Conference and as an elected member of the Oshkosh, Wis., Common Council. He can be reached at

A functioning administrative state is necessary for democracy to work. Weaponizing administrative functions invites ineffectiveness and a cycle of retribution.
The goal of having nonpartisan elections is not to remove all politics from governing but to remove a conflict point that keeps a school board from doing its job.