Experiencing State & Local Government


By: C. Kenneth Meyer, Michael L. Hall, Lance J. Noe, Jeffrey A. Geerts and Cassandra Clyde
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ISBN13: 978-1-7355023-0-4
Pages: 382
Published: 2020


The long-awaited Experiencing State & Local Government—a casebook designed for the millennium. This book is a must-have resource for public management, administration and public policy curriculums and programs. Crafted for today’s public administrators and students, the preface includes a framework for the discussion of the transformative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on governmental structures and processes. This book is ideally suited for distant and in-person instruction.

The text’s 41 case studies invite undergraduate, graduate, and professional learners to vicariously experience real-life scenarios through examination of more than 200 enduring and current administrative, management, leadership and policy concepts.

Unique to Experiencing State and Local Government are units on “The Analysis of Case Studies,” “Alive and Dynamic: Entrepreneurialism and Innovation at the Street Level,” and “Living the Dream: Collaborative Learning, Problem Solving and Team Engagement” along with these instructor friendly resources.


  • Case Histories Keyed to Topics
  • Index of Names, Positions, and Organizational Types
  • Case Log and Administrative Journal Entry
  • Questions and Instructions


Kenneth Meyer is an author of nearly a dozen books and 100 scholarly articles on public personnel management, public management practice, violence in American society, public administration and public policy. During his 37 years of teaching at the university level, he has taught more than 45 diverse courses for the public administration, community planning and nonprofit management field. Among these courses is an international award-winning comparative public management and public policy class incorporating a European study abroad component. As an invited speaker, presenter and host for more than 50 presentations around the world, C. Kenneth Meyer keeps an active schedule speaking and consulting throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Lance J. Noe contributes extensive teaching and consulting experience in state and local government to The Craft of Public Administration. He directs and facilitates public management, private sector, and non-profit coursework in both professional certificate and graduate programs at Drake University.

Jeffrey A. Geerts has been a leader in policy development and implementation while working for the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa Senate. Mr. Geerts is currently the Special Projects Manager for the Iowa Economic Development Authority where he coordinates several nationally recognized rural innovative sustainable community demonstration projects. Since 1998, he has co-instructed an international award winning graduate international comparative policy class that has studied in-depth best practices and model programs and policies throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Geerts brings to these publications his experience serving on boards of directors of state and national non-profits.

Michael L. Hall is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and MS in Leadership at Roger Williams University in Providence and Bristol, Rhode Island.  He served as Program Director of both programs from 2006 to 2018.

Prior to joining the faculty of Roger Williams University, he was Program Director of the MPA and Health Administration Masters Degree programs at the Sage Colleges in Troy and Albany, New York. He has also taught Public Administration at The University of Oklahoma, The University of Texas at Dallas, The Pennsylvania State University, the State University of New York at Delhi, and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He holds a Masters and a Ph.D. from The University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Hall has published in numerous peer reviewed journals including Teaching Public Administration, Public Administration Quarterly, The Official Journal of the European Association of Hospital Managers, and Health Marketing Quarterly among others. He is the President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and has served on the American Society for Public Administration National Council. He also served as Principle Representative to the National Network of Schools of Public Administration/Affairs from the Roger Williams University MPA.

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