Christopher L. Atkinson

Christopher L. Atkinson
University of West Florida | UWF · Administration & Law

Ph.D.

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Introduction
Christopher L. Atkinson is Assistant Professor in the Public Administration program at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida, USA. He received his PhD from Florida Atlantic University. His research interests include public management, policy studies, and regulation. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9574-9695
Additional affiliations
March 2016 - present
Walden University
Position
  • Contributing faculty
January 2003 - December 2017
Florida Atlantic University
Position
  • Instructor
Education
August 2011 - August 2011
Florida Atlantic University
Field of study
  • Public Administration
August 1998 - January 2000
George Washington University
Field of study
  • Public Administration
August 1994 - May 1998
George Washington University
Field of study
  • English

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Publications (86)
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Rural development involves efforts that are economic and social in nature intended to encourage concepts of retention, growth, and expansion in areas outside cities, including improving quality of life for rural residents through such activity.
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Semiotic Analysis and Public Policy evaluates several key areas of public policy that are dependent on narrative, naming, sign, and branding to create meaning. Semiotic analysis, drawing on the work of Saussure, Peirce, and others, allows for creation of a case-oriented model of brand versus product, and of medium compared with message. Using a cr...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has placed remarkable stress on all aspects of society, from health care and the economy to the psychological well-being of communities. While the crisis is still playing out in the United States and around the world, it is nevertheless appropriate to begin to assess its impact. This paper asks: What documentable public failur...
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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has historically relied upon state-centred approaches to governance. However, there have been a number of instances where ASEAN has sought to shift to, or at least signal value in, people-centred approaches to governance. Notably, there is a range of approaches within ASEAN nations towards human ri...
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Environment & Urbanization ASIA: Indonesia is the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, primarily due to its timber and forest activities. Timber-related fires are common in Indonesian peat forests, resulting in a noxious haze that has been the cause of periodic economic and public health crises. In this article, the phenomenon of tran...
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This theme-based book review considers four recent titles related to the intersection of business and government: Outsourcing in the UK: Politics, Practices and Outcomes, by Janice Morphet; Public Financial Management in the European Union: Public Finance and Global Crises, by Marta Postula; Handbook of Business and Public Policy, edited by Aynsley...
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Governments have a history of intervention in the market to aid small, minority, and women-owned businesses. This research explores women-owned business development programs across the United States. The paper begins with a discussion of programs to serve women-owned businesses, noting barriers that exist for women business owners to access markets...
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This theme-based book review considers three recent titles related to public policy problems, processes, and solutions, from scholarly and practitioner perspectives: The Political Formulation of Policy Solutions, edited by Philippe Zittoun, Frank Fischer, and Nikalaos Zahariadis; A Guidebook for City and County Managers: Meeting Today’s Challenges,...
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The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on the whole of society. The public sector human resources (HR) function has played a key role in responding to COVID-19. This paper considers: How did public sector HR organizations in Northwest Florida respond during the COVID-19 pandemic? What are lessons learned f...
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This theme-based book review considers three recent titles related to competence, from practitioner and scholarly perspectives: Administrative Competence: Reimagining Administrative Law, by Elizabeth Fisher and Sidney A. Shapiro; Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, Management and Policy, edited by Eran Vigoda-Gadot and Dana R. Va...
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In Australia, the National Immunisation Program and its Standard Vaccination Schedule are administered by the Australian Government Department of Health. While the public vaccination program’s safety and worth are generally agreed upon by doctors and public health professionals, some continue to see vaccinations as a source of danger and harm. The...
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This theme-based book review considers three recent titles related to public sector corruption: Populism and corruption: The other side of the coin, edited by Jonathan Mendilow and Eric Phelippeau; Critical perspectives on public systems management in India, by Amar KJR Nayak and Ram Kumar Kakani; and Handbook on corruption, ethics and integrity in...
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The implementation of sustainability and green public procurement (GPP) initiatives in school districts has been the subject of some debate; questions over definitions and programme goals have led to inconsistency and concerns about programme achievements. The legitimacy of programmes rests not only with the announcement of policy by officials, but...
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This paper considers online courses in human resources, public budgeting, and public procurement, within a public administration program, developed and taught during one calendar year at a public regional university in the southeastern United States. Each course had an underpinning of required reading, but also included individual and collaborative...
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The objective of the (U.S.) Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program (AIP) is “to help in developing a nationwide system of public-use airports that meets the current needs and the projected growth of civil aviation” (FAA 2002). Despite its importance to airports, academic study of the program – its effect, benefits, and deficien...
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This research examines the complex interactions underlying disparity studies. While communities do frequently encounter disparity in public procurement, the commissioning of a disparity study may not ultimately solve the pressing challenges that hinder access to public contracts. Instead, disparity studies promise a politically palatable “quick fix...
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International focus on the Myanmar military regime and liberalization and reform within the nation’s press circles has increased, in light of the ongoing plight of the Rohingya people. Where information and official messaging has been tightly controlled, differentiation in products of government-led and private-sector news outlets is worthy of atte...
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While hydropower projects have been seen as a sort of panacea for clean energy production in an increasingly environmentally-sensitive time, allowing for continued development, dam projects have nevertheless been a source of significant negative social and environmental impacts. The topic of hydropower projects, associated political-administrative...
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This theme-based book review highlights three recent texts, on immigration policy in the United States and European Union; corruption and exclusion; and applied ethics in executive and administrative practice. The review includes Ethical dilemmas of migration: Moral challenges for policymakers, by Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor; Legal but corrupt: A new...
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Governments have sought to respond to increasing pressures to accomplish aims with efficiency and at low cost. A perception of the potential for corruption and waste of public resources has been met with calls for transparency and accountability. Competition is believed to lead to impartial, optimal outcomes, but attention paid to competition in th...
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This brief article focuses on the flow of information between business, government, and the public, preceding and in the aftermath of a hazard event, focusing on the intersection of the public, government, and business/industry. Drawing from practical understanding obtained during the 2017 hurricane season, comparisons and best practices are detail...
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This entry considers the concept of parity in government procurement, the compelling interest of government in achieving parity, an overview of a disparity study, and concludes with considerations for the future of disparity studies in public procurement.
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A review essay of Performance Management in the Public Sector, by Wouter Van Dooren, Geert Bouckaert, and John Halligan; Government Performance and Results: An Evaluation of GPRA ’ s First Decade, by Jerry Ellig, Maurice McTigue, and Henry Wray; and The PerformanceStat Potential: A leadership strategy for producing results, by Robert D. Behn.
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Post-hazard event response and recovery depends in no small part on a resilient business community. When employers are disrupted by disaster, whether natural or technological, they may not be able to swiftly and completely recover in the post-hazard event environment. Jobs may be lost, and these losses in turn put a significant damper on the abilit...
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First Source programs intend to spur interviewing/hiring of hard-to-hire or disadvantaged individuals on local government contracts. Such programs are belief-based, rooted in values that must be translated into outcomes and subjected to diligent evaluation processes. The failure of values-based programs to achieve desired outcomes is an ethical con...
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This virtual special issue covers twelve articles published in IJPA, over 18 years (1998-2016), yet sharing considerable rigor and applicability to an especially relevant and current theme. The IJPA is resonant with articles that touch upon the public interest, including ways of approaching its service, means of quantification, and telling the stor...
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Intellectuals of the 20th century bore witness to society’s injustices. They viewed and commented on erosion of rights and humankind’s callousness to itself. For example, Huxley’s Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited illustrate with contempt a society that had renounced personal individuality and rejected freedom, choosing a drugged totali...
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This paper explores utilisation of the term small business in contemporary politics in the United Kingdom. First, the policy and practice implications of the term small business are examined, through the lens of political rhetoric. Use of the term over the period from 2004 to 2013 is examined, drawing upon the DataArt Guardian NewsTraces platform a...
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Using the municipal government example of New York City as a point of reference, this article pursues a critical understanding of the break between compliance-based approaches and theoretically preferred methods of increasing ethical integrity in the public sector. In doing so it explores the ethical aspects emphasized by the New York City conflict...
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Mindy Kay Bricker (Ed.), The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Disaster: Investigating the Myth and Reality, by the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident (1st ed.). Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Earthscan/Routledge, 2014, 298 pp. (ISBN: 978-0-415-71393-1 [HB, US$ 145]; 978-0-415-71396-2 [PB, US$ 39.95])
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The specific impact of community-based and faith-based groups on disaster response and recovery is a relatively recent complement to existing work on the role of these groups in public circles. It is generally recognized that communities in need may rely upon these groups to some extent when confronted with extraordinary events, but additional case...
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Crisis communication is an essential aspect of disaster and crisis management for governments; this is particularly true for local governments, which are first into an event response and last out, and on the front lines of response and recovery. In this article, crisis communication is reviewed generally and then in the context of the 2011 Souris (...
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Book Review.. Link for free e-print: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/Sz4dvM2EcXVM5s54uWer/full
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The purpose of this paper is to explore the roots of environment policy through a review and application of policy literature, portraying a disjointed process worried with procedure over substance and too often removed from the reality of environment degradation and attainment of sustainability.
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Resilience and vulnerability of individuals is a common topic in disaster management literature, but business recovery – the ability of businesses to rebound from the shock of a disaster event – is an area that is not well examined. This article considers long-term business recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma in Palm Beach County, Florida,...
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In June 2011, the city of Minot, North Dakota sustained the greatest flood in its history. Rather than buckling under the immense weight of the flood on a personal and community level, government, civic groups, and citizens began to immediately assess and address the event’s impacts. Why did the disaster in Minot lead to government and community re...
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Singapore is a study in consistency, and the impact of cultural context on the nation’s government and policy is profound. While the interaction of politics, administration, and Asian values has been discussed generally in the literature, the framework of environmental protection in the Singapore experience has not been fully examined in the light...
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Administrative evil is sinister—It lurks in the shadows and under the surface of organizational action. The Khmer Rouge genocide stands as one of the most terrible instances of human injustice in modern memory. The methods of Pol Pot and his contemporaries, and the outcomes of their approaches to make their control of the population absolute, are e...
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Hurricane Katrina remains the “most destructive disaster in U.S. history” (Farber & Chen, 2006). The purpose of this article is to examine the public procurement practices followed by local government officials in and around New Orleans within the context of Hurricane Katrina, and define impacts of disaster on procurement processes. Original and pr...
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This article focuses on local government small business development programs in the United States and their evolution as policy institutions over time, and examines the basis for local government provision of such services. ...The article suggests a need for greater focus on the outcomes of such programs, given resources expended and the political...

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Published book reviews for Public Organization Review, International Journal of Public Administration and other journals.