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This case study uses the Maboneng Precinct, a mixed-use creative hub in downtown Johannesburg, to understand better the role of a private sector developer in urban development and to explore the concepts of urban regeneration, gentrification, and sustainability. 

Until the 1970s, Johannesburg’s Central Business District (CBD) was the economic center of South Africa and, arguably, of the entire African continent.

In this case, the definition of sustainable is based on how the energy is produced and does not consider public or environmental prosperity. Through this we see that just because something carries the label of sustainable development, it doesn’t make it a good thing— it can make many relevant actors worse off than they were before. This case brings the reader to consider how varied motivations for implementing a sustainable development project may not always be environmental protection.

Chief Minister Taib has set in place a massive sustainable dam project (SCORE) to increase energy production throughout Malaysia and develop Sarawak’s economy by bringing foreign industrial investm

Through this simulation students will experience the policymaking and implementation process firsthand. “Wolf Politics” is intended for use in a public policy- or environmental policy-oriented course.

Through this simulation students will experience the policymaking and implementation process firsthand.

The Northern Ireland Women's Coalition must decide whether to sign a negotiated agreement for constitutional change without the electoral reforms that allowed the group to be represented at the peace talks.

When negotiators for Peace Talks in the Northern Ireland Forum returned from a break, they learned that Senator George Mitchell had set a deadline for reaching a decision.

This case can be used in a graduate level public management and leadership course to allow students to consider different approaches for Vice Minister Quesada in implementing major organizational change and how he handles the pressures upon him as a person and leader. This case can also be used in a leadership and organizational performance course to evaluate Quesada’s restructuring approach in managing rural health implementation and how to monitor and focus attention. Finally, this case could be used in a management course related to international development in the health sector to analyze the complex environment public manager’s face in implementing sweeping organizational changes in the developing world as well as his tactics for dealing with institutional opposition.

The case narrator is doing research on the health sector in Portobello—an alias for a Central American country—and follows Vice Health Minister Jose Manuel Quesada as he implements several major po

This case presents challenges in linking policy analysis and development to implementation when confronted with conflict from within and without a public organization.  It is appropriate for use in a graduate level public management course and would also work well in a leadership or ethics class.

The California Bureau of Public Lands is responsible for the management of all state-owned lands. It contracts with private timber companies to harvest timber.

After Major League Soccer announced a plan to bring a team to Salt Lake City, the subsequent intergovernmental tensions with regard to funding and building a stadium caused the Major League Soccer to question their decision.

Major League Soccer announced plans to bring a team to Salt Lake City, Utah, and originally the organization announced plans to build a soccer stadium in downtown.

A new director takes heat for entrenched problems of a beleaguered fee-for-services permitting agency. Confronts perils of half reforms and the political dimensions of legislative oversight.

This case explores the legislative/executive relationship and its influence upon a manager's ability to solve problems and propose solutions.

Examines accountability at several levels within social service and intergovernmental grant programs for 'special needs' children. Asks students to define problems carefully before offering solutions.

This case uses California's Adoption Assistance program, which subsidized the adoptive families of "hard to place" children, to examine accountability in social service and intergovernmental grant

Conflict erupts when the Catholic Church seeks to reclaim a building that has housed a popular public school for almost fifty years based on a Hungarian law requiring localities to return all property to local religious orders. The case also prompts analysis of how local governments are caught between the dictates of nationally driven policy or regulation and the specific, unique needs of their own communities.

This short, engaging case spurs class discussion about the role of community-based interest groups and the pressures they exert on local governments and public executives.