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Richard Pratt, Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Director
Office Location: Saunders 631
Phone Number: 956-8260
Fax Number: 956-9571
Personal Webpage: www.puba.hawaii.edu/Pages/prattCV.html
Email: pratt@hawaii.edu

Background:

Dick has been with the PUBA program since its inception, and was its first director. He joined a small group interested in building a high-quality program for people committed to public service. Prior to that he taught at Hawai’i Loa College, in the Manoa Honors and Environmental Studies programs, directed an undergraduate internship program, and was an associate researcher on a multinational research team that examined the impact of changes in technology on industrial workers in socialist and non-socialist societies.

Teaching:

Primary instructor in the Public Administration Core Year modules dealing with political thinking, critical thinking, organizational processes, and public service ethics. He teaches the concentration course "Reforming Public Organizations" and co-teaches "Strategies of Change: Leaders and Leadership" with Robbie Alm. He also is an adviser to capstone projects.

Advising:

Along with other program faculty, advises participants in the Masters and Certificate Programs.

Research:

His most recent book is BACKSTAGE IN A BUREAUCRACY - POLITICS AND PUBLIC SERVICE (University of Hawai`i Press, 2011). Other books are FAIRNESS, GLOBALIZATION AND PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS: EAST ASIA AND BEYOND with Jim Dator and Yongseok Seo, (University of Hawai'i Press, 2006); POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT IN HAWAI'I: AN AMERICAN STATE AND A PACIFIC SOCIETY (University of Nebraska press 2000) and POLITICS AND PUBLIC POLICY IN HAWAI`I with Zach Smith (SUNY Press, 1992). His research and applied scholarship focus on organizational improvement and change in public organizations and, in Thailand, on the role of local leaders in building healthy communities. In Hawai'i he helped found the Organizational Learning Institute (OLI), a sub-program within PUBA that provides training and consultation to public organizations. Internationally he has worked for a number of years in Thailand with Khon Kaen University's development and public administration programs. In Mongolia he has worked on various projects with the National Academy of Governance and the American Center for Mongolian Research. He has published articles on changes in Mongolia's public institutions since the fall of the Soviet Union with a Mongolian colleague. Between December 2003 and July 2004 he worked on projects at Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University in Beppu Japan, Khon Kaen University in Khon Kaen Thailand, the University of Victoriain Victoria British Columbia, the Academy of Management in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and Meiji University in Tokyo. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Sophia University in Japan in the 2006-7 academic year, and has been the recipient of two Fulbright Senior Specialist awards. In the academic year 2011-12 he was in residence in the department of public administration and policy at International Christian University in Mitaka, Japan. He is currently a member of the Policy Issues Committee of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in the United States and on the organizing committee for an international association for local governance that will be based in Thailand.

Interest(s):

Organizational diagnosis and reform for public organizations; political-economy, and globalization and public institutions. Interests also include educational innovation and the design of learning environments, which started with the design of the PUBA as a graduate learning community. He has been active in national and international efforts at higher education reform.

Publications:

Title: Reforming Reform: Bringing Realism and Urgency to Improving Public Institutions (2007)
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Title: Waves of Reform: Understanding Institutional Change in Mongolia in the Post-Soviet Period (2005)
Co Authors: Tsedev Damiran
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Title: Innovating Public Service Education: Lessons from the University of Hawai'i (2005)
Co Authors: Chris Grandy
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Title: Participant Evaluation of Honolulu Community College Leadership Development Institute (2002)
Co Authors: Joanne Cooper and David Bangert
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Title: Faculty Responses to Teaching in Fall 2001 Manoa Connections Learning Communities (2002)
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Title: The Faculty Experience of Learning Coummunities at Manoa (2000)
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Title: Teaching Culture at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and Its Relationship to Curricular Innovation (2000)
Co Authors: Christine Shaw
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Title: Members' Perception of the District Management Group in the Federal Civil Service of Pakistan (2002)
Co Authors: Syed Akif
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Title: Reflections on Our Responsibilities to Graduates of Public Affairs Program Who Return to Oppressive Regimes (2008)
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Title: Fairness, Public Institutions and Globalization: East Asian and Beyond (2006)
Co Authors: Jim Dator and Yongseok Seo
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Title: Backstage in a Bureaucracy -- Politics and Public Service (2010)
Co Authors: Susan Chandler
Publication Information: The book is based on Susan Chandler's eight years as head of a large social service agency in Hawai`i, alternating her recounting of different phases of that challenging experience with Pratt's analysis of what those experiences tell us about public organizations and public service more generally.

Title: Hawai'i Politics and Government: An American State and a Pacific Society (2000)
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Title: Public Institutions and Public Service Education in a Globalizing World--Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going? (2003)
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Title: Politics and Public Policy in Hawai'i (1992)
Co Authors: Zachary Smith
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Title: Reflections on Our Responsibilities to Graduates of Public Affairs Program Who Return to Oppressive Regimes (2010)
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Title: Public Administration Development and Reform of a Post-Communist Regime: The Case of Mongolia (2009)
Co Authors: Tsedev Damiran
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Title: Hawai'i Politics and Political Institutions (2008)
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Title: A New Context for Mentoring: Graduate Learning Communities (2008)
Co Authors: Ken Tokuno
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Title: Globalization and Public Administration Education: The View from the University of Hawai'i (2003)
Co Authors: Chris Grandy
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