Georgia Journal of Public Policy
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Open Access journal
ISSN (Print) 2152-4130
Published by Kennesaw State University [9 journals]
- Promoting your Community on the Web: An Exploratory Analysis of the Web
Presence of Cities in Georgia
Authors: William Hatcher
Abstract: Today, promoting community assets through a quality web presence is a vital component of economic development practice. However, many local development agencies do not have functional websites and also lack quality social media sites. In this study, we examine how municipalities in the Atlanta Metro area use their websites to promote economic development. The study seeks to answer two research questions: How are municipalities promoting their community assets on the web? And for agencies with a web presence, how effective are they at promoting community assets? The analysis describes the content of the agencies’ websites and assesses the overall quality of their web presence. An instrument, based on the scholarly literature, is used to evaluate website quality (Middleton, 2007). The quality of web presence will include an analysis of the social media sites of agencies. The study’s findings can be used to develop prescriptions for economic development organizations to improve their web presence.
PubDate: Mon, 17 Apr 2017 05:50:30 PDT
- Mental Health and Voter Turnout: A Study of Georgia Counties
Authors: April Johnson
Abstract: Despite the tacit belief that health and well-being are a necessary element of politics, there is little understanding of how mental health relates to political participation. The present paper focuses specifically on patterns of mental illness and voter turnout within the state of Georgia. Using county-level data, I argue that a greater and more widespread prevalence of mental illness has a dampening effect on political engagement. Although empirical results from this study are mixed, its theoretical contribution clearly highlights the role of psychological and emotional factors in maintaining an energetic and politically connected society. Implications for mental health policy and its integral role in the democratic process are discussed.
PubDate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:42:44 PDT
- A Comparative Case Study of Georgia Delegations at the 2012 National Party
Authors: Carolyn S. Carlson et al.
Abstract: From August 26 to September 8, nine political science students and four supervising faculty traveled from Kennesaw State University to the 2012 Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention as part of special topics course on a course titled “Party Conventions Field Study”. While in Tampa and Charlotte, the students and faculty immersed themselves in a “real world” educational environment and in doing so gained extraordinary first-hand exposure to a fundamental, yet not well understood, part of the American political process. Students directly engaged with convention proceedings and participants, primarily the Georgia state party delegations, and implemented pre-approved research projects. Nine communication students also traveled to the conventions where they interviewed delegates and party officials and filed daily stories that were published on the department’s news website
PubDate: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:17:51 PST
- Racial Disparities in Sentencing in the U.S. and Georgia
Authors: Kamal Rattray et al.
PubDate: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:39:51 PDT
- Off Premises Sunday Sales in Georgia Localities: Will it Affect Traffic
Authors: Forrest Rose et al.
PubDate: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:39:49 PDT
- Changing Faces, Changing Voices: Hispanics and Georgia’s
Spanish-Language Media Environment
Authors: D. Xavier Medina Vidal
PubDate: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:39:48 PDT
- Developing a Georgia Policy Database: a Research Proposal
Authors: Paul E. Rutledge
PubDate: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:39:46 PDT
- Spring 2012 Georgia Journal of Public Policy - Introduction
Authors: Dr. Richard N. Engstrom
PubDate: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:39:45 PDT
- Substance Abuse in Georgia
Authors: The Burruss Institute of Public Service; Research
In order to create a snapshot of substance use and abuse in Georgia, the Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research requested access to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted on behalf of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a unit of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). SAMHSA would not provide access to the raw data; instead, the Institute was given a series of tables with estimates of the average annual number of users of various substances among Georgians ages 12 and older between the years 2002 and 2008. SAMHSA also provided estimates of the percentages of members of various demographic subgroups who use each of the substances included in the survey.
PubDate: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:06:39 PST
- Deadly Silence: An Assessment of Emergency Alert Systems for Lincoln
Authors: Gretchen B. Keneson
Rural counties have a predisposition to sustaining catastrophic losses during natural emergencies. These counties tend to have poorer economic conditions that exacerbate attempts at hazard mitigation. Emergency Alerts Systems (EAS) are the most efficient and effective ways to provide information of impending danger. This study will compare and contrast different EAS to determine which would accommodate the needs of a community. The most successful way for most counties to alert citizens is through the use of a combination of redundant systems. For pastoral Lincoln County, Georgia the optimal systems are an alert siren and auto call capabilities. Both of these systems are able to meet the needs of all residents, and provide the ability to save both lives and property.
PubDate: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:06:37 PST
- Impact of the Economic Downturn on Local Governments in South Carolina
Authors: William Tomes
Across the country local government revenues have decreased while operating costs such as fuel, materials, equipment, and health insurance costs have significantly increased. In addition to reduced revenues, interest earnings for city and county government investments are low. These factors combined have created a difficult financial arena in which local governments must operate. While economists are reporting signs of economic recovery, many city and county budgets are just now feeling the full brunt of the economic downturn that began in 2008. On a daily basis, news media nationwide report local governments addressing budget deficits by cutting services, eliminating positions, or furloughing employees.To study the effect of the recession on South Carolina’s local governments, the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Public Service and Policy Research (IPSPR) conducted a survey to determine the true impact on local government revenues and the fiscal strategies municipalities and counties have used to reduce expenditures. The purpose of this article is to summarize the survey results and to detail how local governments in South Carolina reacted to the economic downturn.
PubDate: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:06:35 PST
- Proper Crime Recording as an Effective Feedback Tool in Articulating a
Authors: Kevin A. Unter
Crime policy is subject to the policy process just like other governmental policies. An effective crime policy is one that reduces the amount of crime in a police department’s jurisdiction, e.g., the city. Accordingly, crime policy consists of the same policy components – agenda setting, formulation, implementation, and feedback. The implementation of any crime policy depends on the information collected by police departments, often through crimes reported to the department via 9-1-1 calls or brought to a police officer’s attention through proactive police work. The success of that police work relative to the reported crime first depends on whether the type of crime is recorded correctly so that investigative follow-up, if necessary, can be conducted efficiently and properly. Accordingly, police departments that have appropriate internal controls to assess the quality of their crime recording efforts can provide relevant feedback to the command staff and political leaders responsible for setting the agenda and reformulating policy when necessary. This paper will examine the Atlanta Police Department’s efforts in improving its crime recording procedures in 2002-2003 and the changes that led to sustained crime reductions following 2002.
PubDate: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:06:32 PST
- Federal Earmarks in the State of Georgia
Authors: Jeffrey Lazarus
PubDate: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:06:30 PST